Dr. Tony Rivera is Director of the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS). LUCAS, a computational security studies lab, has been selected for a three-year Minerva Initiative grant researching the elements of national power, conceptualized as resources, and their use in complex adaptive strategic ecosystems. LUCAS is the computational security studies component of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Dr. Rivera recently gave a talk on Complexity for the Department of Defense’s Office of Basic Research’s inaugural Science Technology and Innovation Exchange. That talk is available here.
Dr. Rivera received his degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. His dissertation, The Complexity of Iranian Foreign Policy: the politics of fear, interest, and honor utilizes complex adaptive systems and phenomenological theoretical approaches along with computational and interpretive methodologies. Since 2010, Dr. Rivera has been affiliated with the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute, where he has provided subject matter expertise on Iranian grand strategy and security policy for agent-based modeling. His work at the Computation Institute also included modeling the sovereignty disputes in the South and East China Seas. From the fall of 2009 until spring of 2012 Dr. Rivera served as managing editor of the International Studies Association’s Compendium project. He is available to give talks on Iran’s nuclear program, decision-making and political landscape, strategic communication and influence, computational methods, Iranian-US relations, Iranian-Saudi relations, and more general topics on the Middle East.