Institute for Resource and Security Studies

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The Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS) "is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, registered in Massachusetts. It was founded in 1984 to conduct technical and policy research and public education, with the objective of promoting international security and sustainable use of natural resources. IRSS programs always reflect our interest in practical solutions to resource, environment and security problems." [1]

IRSS is a member of the Alliance for International Conflict Resolution and Prevention.

People [2]

Key Staff

Supporting Staff


  • John Clark, principal consulting writer, Randolph Associates (Cambridge, MA)
  • Gail Epstein, former director of public service programs, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Carla Johnston, president, New Century Policies (Cambridge, MA)
  • Gordon Thompson, executive director, IRSS (Cambridge, MA)
  • Paul Walker, director, The Legacy Project, Global Green USA (Washington, DC

Board of Advisers

International Conflict Management Program

  • Elise Boulding, professor emeritus of sociology, Dartmouth College; former secretary-general of the International Peace Research Association (Wayland, MA)
  • Ellen Elias Bursac, co-chair, South East European Study Group, Center for European Studies, Harvard University; translator, Hague War Crimes Tribunal; lecturer, Slavic Department, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Adam Curle, professor emeritus of peace studies at Bradford University, U.K. (London, England)
  • Robert Frowick, former Head of OSCE Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina; former head of OSCE monitoring mission, Macedonia (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Herbert Okun, former special advisor to Cyrus Vance; executive director, Financial Services Volunteer Corps (New York, NY)
  • Joseph V. Montville, director, Preventive Diplomacy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC)
  • Dieter Koch-Weser, former associate dean for international programs, Harvard Medical School; senior consultant, Educational Development Center, Inc. (Newton, MA)
  • Harold Saunders, director of international affairs, Kettering Foundation; former Assistant Secretary of State (Washington, DC)



Resources and articles


  1. A general description of IRSS, IRSS, accessed July 19, 2007.
  2. IRSS personnel, IRSS, accessed July 19, 2007.