Tad Schnaufer II

Welcome to my Professional Webpage

I am a doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Additionally, I serve as a Captain in the Florida Army National Guard.

My research interests lie within international relations, diplomacy, and the future of warfare. I currently focus on how alliances like NATO meet the rising challenges of future conflicts. I have a regional interest in Eastern Europe and, more specifically, Poland and Russia. My current dissertation research discusses the causal mechanism behind the level of contributions made by NATO members in relation to the alliance’s current burden-sharing metrics.

Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I pursued my master’s degree in Global Affairs at New York University (NYU). While at NYU, I also worked as the editor-in-chief for the journal Perspectives of Global Issues (now the Global Affairs Review) from 2014 through 2015, and I published a couple of posts on NYU’s Jordan Center’s All the Russias’ Blog about my experience in Ukraine during the war in the Donbas. In Spring 2015, I was an intern at the United Nations Office of Disarmament, Office of the High Representative in NYC during the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Geography and History.

I grew up in Central Florida and currently reside in Orlando, FL. When I am not working on academic or military endeavors, I spend my time running races, reading through the Western Canon, or traveling.

On the floor of the UN General Assembly during the 2015 NPT.