University at Albany


PISCES was founded in 2012 with dual missions of advancing knowledge on issues that intersect the realms of economics and security and helping to craft better policies in those areas.

The Project was founded by Dr. Bryan R. Early, an assistant professor in the Political Science and Public Administration & Policy Departments, and a team of policy professionals with expertise in areas of nonproliferation, border security, strategic trade control, and international and regulatory law.  Together, the PISCES team has over thirty years of combined policy and research experience.  Its members have consulted with and visited dozens of countries throughout the world as part of their work. 

Biographies for all of the PISCES team members are available below.

Dr. Bryan R. Early is the founder and Director of the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES). He joined the faculty at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy in 2009 with joint appointments in the Political Science and Public Administration & Policy Departments. Dr. Early specializes in research related to economic sanctions, strategic trade controls, the proliferation of nuclear and aerospace technology, and WMD security issues. His work has appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, the Nonproliferation Review, Political Psychology, and Foreign Policy Online. He is currently writing a book that explains how and why spoiler states undercut the effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions. The book's working title is Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail. Early graduated with his PhD in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2009 and earned his BA in Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2004. From 2008-2009, he was a research fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  He has participated in numerous grant projects related to strategic control issues all over the world, but has a regional specialty on these issues in the Middle East, Caucuses, and Central Asia.


Ryan Cathie is a policy expert on strategic trade controls and strategic trade control compliance issues. Mr. Cathie possesses a regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with numerous governments in those regions to facilitate the development of their national strategic trade control systems. In addition, Mr. Cathie has provided on-site export control training, as well as analytical services and customized electronic compliance tools for a range of companies. He has also worked with numerous national governments to provide guidance, support, and training for both government and industry officials. Mr. Cathie received his Master of Arts from the School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Cathie joined the Center for Policy Research as a research fellow in 2011.


Lara Howe is policy specialist with expertise on strategic trade controls and legal-regulatory development. She has experience working with major international corporations on the development of their internal compliance programs (ICPs) and has worked with governments around the world on strategic trade control issues. Ms. Howe has specific regional expertise on strategic trade controls in North and South America.  She has presented at conferences and training programs in Asia and Latin America on ICPs and U.S. strategic trade controls. Formerly, Ms. Howe worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security to promote international export control cooperation. She has her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Howe joined the Center for Policy Research as a research fellow in 2011.


Jay P. Nash, Esq. is a policy specialist on strategic trade controls and legal/regulatory development.  Mr. Nash has worked with national governments from every region of the world to provide guidance and support on establishing domestic export control systems, and developing compliance tools and resources for industry. Mr. Nash is a regular speaker and presenter at regional and international export control conferences, and he has published papers on East Asian trade control developments in the US, Japan, and Korea. Mr. Nash has particular regional expertise in working on strategic trade control-related issues in East Asia. He has lived and worked in Beijing, China and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Nash received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his Master of Arts in International Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Mr. Nash joined the Center for Policy Research as a research fellow in 2010.

Richard Glen Young
is an expert in global trade controls with 10 years of experience in analyzing government regulation of strategic trade, industry compliance with strategic trade control requirements, proliferation risk, and border security. He has regional expertise in Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, in addition to experience consulting with and provided training services to numerous governments in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.  Overall, Mr. Young has worked with and conducted research on the governments of more than 25 countries around the world. His most recent publication, “Navigating Brazil’s Export Controls Regime,” appeared in the journal WorldECR in July 2011. Prior to that, he served as an associate at the University of Georgia from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Young received his Master of Arts in political science from the University of Georgia in 2002. Mr. Young joined the Center for Policy Research as a research fellow in 2010.