John Tirman "is Executive Director of MIT's Center for International Studies. A political scientist, Tirman is author, or coauthor and editor, of six books on international security issues, including the Fallacy of Star Wars (1984), the first important critique of strategic defense, and Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade (1997). In addition, he has published more than 100 articles in periodicals such as the New York Times, Washington Post, World Policy Journal, Esquire, Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, and International Herald Tribune. Before coming to MIT in 2004, he was program director of the Social Science Research Council. From 1986 to 1999, Tirman was executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace, a leading funder of work to prevent nuclear war and promote non-violent resolution of conflict. He is recipient of the U.N. Association's Human Rights Award, and serves as a trustee of several NGOs, including International Alert (London). In 1999-2000, Tirman was Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus and produced an educational Web site on the conflict (http://www.cyprus-conflict.net)."  CV
- Associated with the Steering Committee of Jerusalem 2050
- Managing Consultant to the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in 1989-92,
- Grants Manager in 1990-94 of the CarEth Foundation
- Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Mass. Senior Editor and Director of Communications, 1982-86.
- Trustee, since 2002, and Chair, since 2006, of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (London),
- Trustee, 1999-2005, of International Alert
- Director (1991-98), and Chair of the Board (1993-97), Foundation for National Progress (San Francisco), which published Mother Jones magazine.
- John Tirman, Making the Money Sing: Private Wealth and Public Power in the Search for Peace (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).