Doreen’s primary research areas are in the field of security studies. Specifically she is interested in nuclear security and with that proliferation, deterrence, latency, limited war, and strategic technologies. However, she also worked on US intelligence and counter-/terrorism. 

Security is the core purpose of states. The interactions of states and non-state actors focus heavily on security issues. At the same time, security issues are deeply intertwined with other concerns, such as energy, economic, industry and technology, migration, and identity. Together these topics create a  intricate web of policy challenges, the study of which requires understanding both a wide variety of topics and how they interact to influence international security.

In her current work, Doreen is contributing to the debate about vital international security issues  and how states make choices among alternative security strategies.

Within international security, more research on policy steps on the path of security and nuclear weapons needs to be conducted, specifically on deep bilateral nuclear arms reductions, multilateral arms negotiations and de-alerting of nuclear arsenals. In a published article, Doreen argues that Global Zero now neither desirable nor achievable. However, she is interested in studying what it takes to make a Global Zero achievable since the nuclear security problem continuous to exist and pose an indisputable threat. Nuclear affairs are hardly accessible or made understandable to the public. A deeper public dialogue is needed.

A current research projects includes the possibilities of a nuclear Iran and what Saudi Arabia’s security policies options are.

Doreen’s baccalaureate and graduate work in economics, political science, and International Relations (IR) has trained her to search for underlying domestic motivations for state and non-state behavior in IR, as demonstrated in her publications.

Recent writings have been on various IR subjects: Global Zero, ISIS and Weapons of Mass Destruction, U.S. National Security, Economic Diversification in Saudi Arabia, Sport Economics, Environmental Standards in China, Natural Resource Conflict, etc. The methodological approaches have been eclectic but mostly applied quantitative and qualitative research. With her PhD studies at UCF, Doreen will conduct intensive quantitative research using STATA and R.


“If scholars fail to contribute their best insights about the nature of nuclear politics to this debate, then policy makers will be less informed about the likely effects of their decisions and the earth will be at least somewhat less secure than otherwise.” (Gartzke and Kroenig, “Social Scientific Analysis of Nuclear Weapons,” 2017)