Public and International Affairs

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Gregory Koblentz

Gregory Koblentz

Gregory Koblentz

Associate Professor

International security, terrorism, homeland security, weapons of mass destruction

Gregory D. Koblentz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at George Mason University. Dr. Koblentz is also an Associate Faculty at the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Koblentz is a Research Affiliate with the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scientist Working Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC.

Prior to arriving at George Mason, Dr. Koblentz was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has also worked for the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. His research and teaching focus on international security and weapons of mass destruction.

Selected Publications


Gregory D. Koblentz, Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009).

Rodney W. Jones and Mark G. McDonough with Toby F. Dalton and Gregory D. Koblentz, Tracking Nuclear Proliferation 1998 (Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1998).

Book Chapters

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Biological Terrorism: Understanding the Threat and America’s Response,” in Arnold Howitt and Robyn Pangi, eds., Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003).


Gregory D. Koblentz, “Regime Security: A New Model for Understanding the Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weapons,” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 34, No. 3 (December 2013).

Gregory D. Koblenz and Brian M. Mazanec, “Viral Warfare: The Security Implications of Cyber and Biological Weapons,” Comparative Strategy, Vol. 32, No. 5 (2013), pp. 418-434.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “From Biodefense to Biosecurity,” International Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 1 (2012), pp. 131-148.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Predicting Peril or the Peril of Prediction? Assessing the Risk of CBRN Terrorism,” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 23, No. 4 (2011), pp. 501-520.

Gregory D. Koblentz and Marie Isabelle Chevrier, “Modernizing the Confidence Building Measures of the Biological Weapons Convention,” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2011), pp. 1-7.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Biosecurity Reconsidered: Calibrating Biological Threats and Responses,” International Security, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Spring 2010), pp. 96-132.

Gregory D. Koblentz and Jonathan B. Tucker, “Tracing an Attack: The Promise and Pitfalls of Microbial Forensics,” Survival, Vol. 52, No. 1 (February/March 2010), pp. 159-186.

Jonathan B. Tucker and Gregory D. Koblentz, “The Four Faces of Microbial Forensics,” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Vol. 7, No 4 (2009), pp. 389-397.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Why Today Is Not 1918,” World Medical and Health Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2009), pp. 71-84.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Pathogens as Weapons: The International Security Implications of Biological Warfare,” International Security, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Winter 2003/04), pp. 84-122.

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Countering Dual-Use Facilities: Lessons from Iraq and Sudan,” Jane's Intelligence Review, March 1999, pp. 48-53.

Book Reviews

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Command and Combust: America’s Secret History of Atomic Accidents,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2014, pp. 167-172.

Gregory D. Koblentz,” Review of Bacillus anthracis and Anthrax by Nicholas H. Bergman, ed.,”Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 24, No. 5 (2012), pp. 860-861.


Orde F. Kittrie and Gregory D. Koblentz, “Holding Assad Accountable,” The National Interest, September 6, 2013,

Gregory D. Koblentz, “Bomb, Coerce or Contain Iran,” The National Interest, May 15, 2013,

Gregory D. Koblentz, “America’s Best Options,” The Atlantic, May 7, 2013,