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George Gavrilis

Dr. George Gavrilis
Fellow; Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion and the University of California, Berkeley

George is a social scientist, oral historian, and consultant to international organizations and philanthropic institutions.  He is currently a senior consultant to the United Nations Development Program for Central Asia and Afghanistan and is also conducting oral histories for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Harriman Institute, the Human Rights Campaign, and major philanthropic organizations. 

Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue (Washington, DC and Istanbul, Turkey).  He was as an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and placed with the UN Department of Political Affairs, Middle East West Asia Division. He taught international relations and comparative politics at the University of Texas-Austin and has a PhD in political science from Columbia University. He is author of The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries, a book that explains why some states strike a balance between open and secure borders while others struggle to provide stability and prosperity to their frontier populations. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs and other journals, and he is the author of The Council on Foreign Relations: A Short History (forthcoming in 2021).