Columbia International Affairs Online: About

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.

All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.

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CIAO Editorial Staff

Robert Sedgwick
Columbia University Press
Herbert Plummer
Electronic Media Sales Representative
Columbia University Press
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Stephen H. Sterns
Managing Editor for Reference & Electronic Publishing
Columbia University Press



CIAO Editorial Advisory Board

CIAO was developed as a collaborative effort between the Columbia University libraries and Columbia University Press with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An Editorial Advisory Board approved the material included in this site. The members of this board include:

Ronald J. Deibert
Associate Professor
in the Department
of Political Science
University of Toronto
Allan Goodman
Inst. of Int’l Education (IIE)
E. Gyimah-Boadi
University of Ghana
Stephan Haggard
Univ. of California,
San Diego
Christopher Hill
Cambridge University
Bruce Jentleson
Duke University
Peter Katzenstein
Cornell University
R. Ned Lebow
Dartmouth College
Helen Milner
Princeton University
Dr. Thomas Risse
Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Jack Snyder
Columbia University

Etel Solingen
Univ. of California, Irvine

Janice Stein
University of Toronto
Anders Stephanson
Columbia University
Hidemi Suganami
University of Wales,
Stephen Walt
Harvard University
Steven Weber
Univ. of California, Berkeley

CIAO's editorial advisors are a part of the general CIAO advisory board which also includes:

Robert Wolven
Deputy University Librarian
Columbia University
Jane Winland
Dir., Social Science Libs.
Columbia University
David Magier
Director, Area Studies Library
Columbia University

Sean Costigan
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Center for Security Studies

Leigh Gusts
Dir. of Library and Research Services
Council on Foreign Relations
Ben Beecher
Columbia University
Information Technology (CUIT)
Lincoln S. Ellis
Managing Director
Christina Schori Liang
Head, Information Resources
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Kate Wittenberg
Project Director, Client and Partnership Development
Strategy and Research

The Maintainers of this Site:

Carol Kassel
Manager Application System Dev
Columbia University
Information Technology (CUIT)
Mark Newton
Production Manager
Columbia University
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)
Eva T. Cunningham
Senior Project Manager
Columbia University
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)

Patrick Force
Senior Developer
Columbia University
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)



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