I am Igor Kovac,  a visiting researcher at The Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS), located at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and a Fellow at The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy at the University of Cincinnati, where I also had received my Ph.D.

I am interested in big themes tangent to the structure of the international system, its stability, order, security, and great power relations. I approach these questions in the intersection of International Security and International Political Economy. Recent study, therefore,  looks at the central bank digital currencies as a crucial threat for the US hegemony.

I have held a pre-doctoral fellow position at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the George Washington University, and have obtained a M.A. in International Studies from The Vienna School of International Studies, M.S. in Sport Science, and a B.Sc. in International Relations, both from University of Ljubljana respectively.

When I am not thinking about IR IVs and DVs, I spend time with my family, particularly my two ‘wonder women’ daughters. I enjoy skiing, playing soccer, watching American football, and listening to hard rock and heavy metal.