Dennis Pirages is Professor of Government and Director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda at the University of Maryland. He received his doctorate from Stanford University after doing dissertation research at the University of Warsaw. He is a lifetime fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Pirages is author or editor of eleven books and more than fifty articles and chapters in edited books. His research interests are in the area of ecological security, sustainability, and the application of evolutionary principles to the study of international relations. He coined the term "sustainable society" in a book he edited in 1977 and "ecopolitics" in his book published in 1978. His most recent books are Global Technopolitics: The International Politics of Technology and Resources and Building Sustainable Societies: A Blueprint for a Post-Industrial World.