Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri

Professor of Political Science

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International relations; cybersecurity; international conflict; cyberpolitics; global accord; sustainable development; cyberwar.


Nazli Choucri is Professor of Political Science. Her work is in the area of international relations, most notably on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability. As Principal Investigator of an MIT-Harvard multi-year project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR), she directed a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research initiative, constructing a cyber-inclusive view of international relations (Cyber-IR System) – with theory, data, analyses, simulations – to anticipate and respond to cyber threats and  challenges to national security and international stability. She is Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and, formerly, General Editor of the International Political Science Review. She also previously served as the Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Development Program.

The author of eleven books and over 120 articles, Dr. Choucri is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in research or advisory work for national and international agencies, and for a number of countries, notably Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. She served two terms as President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Program.


International Conflict and CyberPolitics Professor Choucri works in the areas of international relations, conflict and violence and the international political economy with a focus on cyberspace and the global environment. Her early research concentrated on sources and consequences of international conflict and warfare in theoretical and empirical contexts. Her current research is on cyberpolitics in international relations focusing on linking integrating cyberspace into the fabric of international relations. Special attention is on cybersecurity, the power of knowledge, and the changes in political and strategic implications of cyber access worldwide. In collaboration with the late Robert C. North, Stanford University, Choucri developed the theory of lateral pressure in international relations, including its analytical and quantitative representation, and initial validation. Lateral Pressure refers to the propensity to expand behavior outside national boundaries. The theory focuses on the sources and consequences of such propensity.

Sustainability and Cyberspace Directing the GSSD initiative, she overseas an evolving multilingual e-knowledge networking system (English, Chinese) designed to facilitate the provision and uses of knowledge in transitions to sustainability, while developing system extensions to incorporate cyberspace and capture evolving patterns of conflict and competition therein. The intellectual foundations and implementation strategy are reported in a co-edited book entitled Mapping Sustainability: Knowledge e-Networking and the Value Chain (2007). The basic architecture is now being adapted for application to the cyber arena, drawing on Cyberpolitics in International Relations (in press).

Recent Publications

CyberPolitics in International Relations. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 2012.

Mapping Sustainability: Knowledge e-Networking and the Value Chain. Springer: London. 2007.

"Knowledge Networking for Global Sustainability: New Modes of Cyberpartnering." in D.J. Richards, B.R. Allenby, and W.D. Compton (eds) Information Systems and the Environment. 2001.

"Governance and International Management," in Ted Munn, ed., Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change. London: John Wiley and Sons. Washington: National Academy Press, pp. 195-210. 2000.

Global Accord: Environmental Challenges and International Responses. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 1993.

The Challenge of Japan: Before World War II and After. Routledge: London and New York. With R. C. North, and Suzumu Yamakage. 1992.

International Energy Futures: Petroleum Prices, Power, and Payments. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 1981


17.181/2 Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy (Syllabus)
17.405/6 Seminar on Middle East Politics (Syllabus)
17.410/11 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations
17.420 Advances in International Relations Theory (Syllabus)
17.422 Contending Paradigms of International Political Economy
17.445/6 International Relations Thoery in the Cyber Age (Syllabus)
17.447/8 Cyber Politics in International Relations (Syllabus)
17.558 Political Economy and Technology in the Middle East
17.560 Technology, Policy, and Sustainability in the Middle East