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TUMINEZ, Astrid S.

Dr Mary Astrid S. Tuminez

Adjunct Professor

PhD (Political Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master (Soviet Studies), Harvard University

Dr Mary Astrid S. Tuminez
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Dr. Tuminez brings to the school nearly two decades of experience in public policy analysis, philanthropy, research and project management, and private equity. Prior to joining LKY School, Dr. Tuminez was Senior Research Associate of the Philippine Facilitation Project of the United States Institute of Peace. She was also a Senior Fellow of the Southeast Asian Research Centre of the City University of Hong Kong. 

Dr. Tuminez has been a Senior Advisor, Strategy and Programs, for the Salzburg Global Seminar, a U.S. educational institution based in Salzburg, Austria. She is also the former Director of Research for alternative investments at AIG (American International Group) Global Investment Corp. In 1999-2000, she was an Executive Associate at AIG’s Credit Risk department. In the early 1990’s, she ran the Moscow office of the Harvard Project on Strengthening Democratic Institutions, where she worked directly with ranking reformist leaders in the former Soviet Union, including former president Mikhail Gorbachev and foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze. From 1992-1998, she was a programme officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, responsible for grant-making in conflict prevention, the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and democratization. She also worked with the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Dr. David Hamburg. In 1998-1999, Dr. Tuminez was a consultant to The World Bank and an institutional sales/ research professional at Brunswick Warburg, Inc., focusing on the Russian equities market. 

Dr. Tuminez is also a former Adjunct Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her publications include Russian Nationalism Since 1856: Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), journal articles, and opinion pieces. She is formerly a U.S. Institute of Peace Scholar, a Freeman Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Distinguished Alumna of Brigham Young University, and the recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the MacArthur Foundation.


  • “Aquino Needs More Than Just Sincerity,” South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 14 May 2010.
  • “Rebellion, Terrorism, Peace: America’s Unfinished Business with the Muslims of the Philippines,” Brown Journal of World Affairs XV, No.1 (Fall/Winter 2008):211-224.
  • Toward Peace in the Southern Philippines.  A Summary and Assessment of the USIP Philippine Facilitation Project, Special Report 202, U.S. Institute of Peace, February 2008.
  • “This Land is Our Land:  Moro Ancestral Domain and Its Implications for Peace and Development in the Southern Philippines,” SAIS Review XXVII, No. 2 (Summer-Fall 2007):77-91.
  • “The Bangsamoro Future:  Prospects and Challenges,” Young Moro Leaders Forum, Special Report, U.S. Institute of Peace, 11 June 2007.
  • Peril and Promise:  Mindanao, the Southern Philippines, Speaker Series, CLSA, Asia-Pacific Markets, June 2006.
  •  Ancestral Domain in Comparative Perspective, Special Report 151, U.S. Institute of Peace, September 2005.
  • “Letter from Mindanao,” PeaceWatch, U.S. Institute of Peace, April/May 2005, p. 11.
  • “Preventive Action:  Responding to the Grievances of Muslims in the Philippines,” Asia Society, Asian Social Issues Program (ASIP), at http://www.asiasource.org/asip/transcripts.cfm, 12 April 2005.
  • “The Key to Permanent Peace in Mindanao,” Newsbreak (Philippines), 14 March 2005, pp. 22-23.
  • “Time for Leadership in Mindanao,” (co-authored with Frank G. Wisner, Vice-Chair, AIG) Manila Bulletin, 14 March 2005.
  • “Ancestral Domain:  The Key to A More Permanent Peace in Muslim Mindanao,” Current Issues Briefing, U.S. Institute of Peace, at http://www.usip.org/philippines/reports/mindanao_tuminez.html, 12 February 2005.
  • “Nationalism, Ethnic Pressures, and the Breakup of the USSR,” Journal of Cold War Studies V, No. 2 (Winter 2003).
  • “Russian Private Equity:  An Opportunity Whose Time Has Not Yet Come,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 272, October 2002.
  • “Beyond Revival:  Building a More Competitive Russia in the Long-Term,” pp. 39-46, The Twain Shall Meet:  The Prospects for Russia-West Relations (Washington, D.C.:  The Atlantic Council of the United States, September 2002).
  • “Coming Home,” in Glen Nelson, ed., Silent Notes Taken (New York:  Mormon Artists Group, 2002), pp. 112-38.
  • “Private Equity:  Investing Now and Staying the Course,” pp. 33-39, European Single Financial Market 2001/2002 (Euromoney:  2002).
  • “Risk Management in a Global Asset Class,” Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) Private Equity, March 2001, p. 29.
  • “Western Perceptions of Russian Nationalism,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 193, March 2001.
  • “Private Equity:  Understanding the Evolution and Managing the Risks of a Global Asset Class,” pp. 9-14, International Investment Review (Euromoney:  2001).
  • “Private Equity:  Global Peril or Opportunity?,” pp. 1-7, European Single Financial Market 2000 (Euromoney:  2000).
  • Russian Nationalism Since 1856. Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy (Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, Inc., 2000).
  • “Still Hobbling Along:  An Update on Russian Banking Reform,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 130, May 2000.
  • “Russian Nationalism and Vladimir Putin’s Russia,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 151, April 2000.
  • “Hobbling Along:  Russian Banking Reform,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 105, January 2000.
  • “Imperialism, Great Power Thinking and Nationalism:  Persistent Ideas and Change in Russian Foreign Policy,” in Jakub M. Godzimirski, ed., New and Old Actors in Russian Foreign Policy (Oslo:  Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, 2000).
  • “Russia Since August 1998:  A Political-Economic Balance Sheet,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo No. 89, October 1999.
  • “Russia, Serbia, and the West Redux,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo Series, Harvard University, May 1999.
  • “The Company They Keep:  Some Observations on Russian Management,” Project on New Approaches to Russian Security, Policy Memo Series, Harvard University, November 1998.
  • “Russian Nationalism and the National Interest in Russian Foreign Policy,” in Celeste Wallander, ed., The Sources of Russian Foreign Policy (Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 1996).
  • “Perspective on Russia: Its Not as Bad as We Say It Is,” Los Angeles Times, 14 December 1995, p.A11.
  • “Russian Nationalism’s Nasty Pedigree,” co-authored with Mark Kramer, Washington Times, 25 April 1995.
  • “A Boost for Democracy:  The Russian Federation Constitutional Court,” in The Constitutional Court and the Draft Russian Constitution.  Briefing Book, Harvard Project on Strengthening Democratic Institutions, April 1992.
  • “The Soviet Union’s Small Dictators,”  Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 1991, p. 19. 
  • “Soviet Reform:  The End of the Road?,”  Soviet Companies Fund News (Batterymarch Financial Management), March 1991, pp. 1-2.
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