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Kyle Ballard

Senior Coordinator for Reports and Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Kyle M. Ballard is the Senior Coordinator for Reports and Political Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), responsible for the production of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report and the U.S. Government’s diplomatic efforts to address modern slavery worldwide. Prior to J/TIP, Kyle was the Strategic Planner at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is responsible for the execution of U.S. security cooperation programs ranging from defense institution building to the annual transfer of more than $40 billion in defense equipment and service. Kyle led a team in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor focused on sectarian tensions in the Middle East and North Africa and developing rights-based approaches to combating violent extremism. Before that, he countered conventional weapons proliferation in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs, where he engaged in end-use monitoring of U.S. defense exports and partnered with various government agencies and international organizations to hunt front companies and criminal networks. Kyle was a graduate research assistant at the Monterrey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and has also held positions in NGOs, the private sector, and at the United Nations focused on transitional crime, international security, and human rights. He is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles and the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, and is currently undertaking coursework on computational social science at George Mason University.

Recent publications

  • Ballard, Kyle (forthcoming). Take it Down a Notch: The Nonproliferation Treaty and Tiered Disarmament.
  • Ballard, Kyle (2009). “From Philosophical Framework to Practicable Technology: Process Thought in International Affairs.” 2nd Political Theory Colloquium. Center for Process Studies. Claremont, CA (26-28 February 2009). http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1400031
  • Ballard, Kyle (2008). “Doors of Perception: Natural Security Politics, Threat Perceptions, and North Korea’s Pursuit of a Credible Deterrent.” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis Volume 20:3, pp. 231-246
  • Ballard, Kyle (2007). “Convention in Peril? Riot Control Agents and the Chemical Weapons Ban.” Arms Control Today Volume 37:7. http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2007_09/RiotFeature

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