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Louisa Tavlas
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The Niskanen Center

The Niskanen Center welcomes two new adjunct fellows

Washington, D.C.—May 19, 2016. The Niskanen Center is pleased to welcome two new adjunct fellows, Dr. Brandon Valeriano and Ms. Allison Pytlak, who will work to investigate the proliferation of cyber repression and other forms of cyber malice.

Ms. Pytlak is a Policy and Advocacy Specialist at the Secretariat of the Control Arms coalition, a global civil society network operating in more than 100 countries and headquartered in New York. In this role, she provides strategic insight to the coalition’s advocacy and policy work, including through campaign planning, direct liaison with the United Nations and permanent missions, as well as preparing research, reports and analysis.  

Dr. Valeriano is a Reader at Cardiff University in the School of Law and Politics. He has published dozens of articles in outlets including the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and International Studies Review.  His two most recent books are Cyber War versus Cyber Reality at Oxford University Press (2015) and Russian Coercive Diplomacy at Palgrave (2015).

As fellows, Ms. Pytlak and Dr. Valeriano and Pytlak will seek to develop a data collection project on this issue to document abuses in cyberspace (who, why, how) in order to name and shame those that utilize cyber tools for malicious ends.

The Niskanen Center is a libertarian 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that was established in 2014 that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.