Alumnus Aaron Stein Named a Top Young Foreign Policy Leader
In September, alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) was named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.” The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Stein is a research associate at the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul, where he works on security and proliferation issues in the Middle East. In 2012, he co-founded Turkey’s first nonproliferation and disarmament program, creating a website that he describes as “the first comprehensive collection of scholarly articles covering all aspects of Turkey’s nuclear program and policies.”
“Aaron first demonstrated his leadership qualities to me during a semester-long U.S.-Russian arms control negotiation simulation in which he chaired the U.S. student delegation,” commented Dr. William Potter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute. “He excelled as a young scholar, writing a very creative research paper that explored the impact of psychological factors on Iranian nuclear perspectives.”
“I’m thrilled Aaron has received this well-earned recognition,” added Professor Philipp Bleek. “I nominated him for this award after working extensively with him, including co-authoring several articles, and watching him establish himself as a leading analyst of all things Turkish foreign policy-related on his incisive blog, Turkey Wonk. I expect big things from Aaron, and am happy to count him as both a collaborator and a friend.
Stein, who earned his MA in International Policy Studies at MIIS with a specialization in nuclear nonproliferation, is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College, London, researching Iranian and Turkish nuclear decision-making.