Michael D. Beck

Department of International Affairs, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
Senior Research Associate, CITS
Adjunct Instructor, IA

Curriculum Vitae

Department of International Affairs, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)

Michael Beck has over 20 years of experience working on nonproliferation and export control issues. He helped develop a methodology for assessing export controls and border security systems for the U.S. Department of State and has directed several projects assessing and responding to WMD proliferation threats. Beck also teaches courses in nonproliferation and international affairs at UGA.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia 1998, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Georgia 1994, Political Science
  • B.A., Emory University 1989, International Studies and Russian
More About

Dr. Michael Beck is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security.  Dr. Beck has over 20 years of experience conducting research on export control systems.   He has directed several projects assessing and responding to WMD proliferation threats. Dr. Beck helped develop a methodology for assessing export controls and border security systems for the Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program.  He has worked on nonproliferation and export control outreach projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Commerce.  He has also supported the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, C-TPAT Program Office with international supply chain security analysis.  Beck also helped to establish an international training program on export controls for foreign officials at the University of Georgia. Dr. Beck is the author of numerous publications on international efforts to prevent WMD and weapons proliferation.

Previously, Beck served as the Director of UGA’s International Center at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government where he directed a team promoting good governance in developing countries. Beck also spent two years working in the private sector working with BSI Group America where he directed efforts to support government supply chain security needs.  Dr. Beck is a founder of TradeSecure an international consulting firm assisting companies with global trade compliance needs.

Dr. Beck teaches courses on nonproliferation and international policy.  His research interests include emerging standards in supply chain security and strategic trade controls.

Areas of Expertise
  •  Nonproliferation
  • Export Controls
  • National Security
  • International Relations
Research Interests
  • Nonproliferation
  • Strategic trade control training
  • International Security

Selected Publications
  • Co-editor, To Supply or To Deny: Comparing Nonproliferation Export Controls in Five Key Countries, (Kluwer Law International, 2003).
  • Co-editor, Crossroads and Conflict: Security and Foreign Policy in the Caucasus and Central Asia(Routledge, 1999).
  • Co-author with Scott A. Jones and Seema Gahlaut, “Trade Controls and International Security,” in Daniel E. Joyner and Nathan H. Busch eds., Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy,  The University of Georgia Press, 2009.