Alex Arbuckle is a researcher working on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). He has a BA in Political Science from Montclair State University and an MS in Global Affairs from Rutgers. He has also studied economics at the University of Delaware and public administration at the John D. Rockefeller School of Government and Public Policy at the University at Albany. Previously, Mr. Arbuckle worked as an English teacher in Lithuania in the 1990's. It was there that he became interested in, and able to witness, organized crime as well as the effect it was having on the local economy and way of life.

After returning to the United States, Mr. Arbuckle's studies were motivated by his growing interest and expertise in organized crime. Consequently, he has written numerous papers on Russian organized crime, human trafficking, hostage negotiation, and private military companies (PMCs). He has also done independent study in military history and strategy. To compliment the work he does with CETIS, Mr. Arbuckle is currently taking the course Technology, Terrorism and Global Security at Rutgers with Stephen Handelman, former senior writer for Time magazine and author of the books Comrade Criminal and Biohazard: The Story of the World's Largest Biological Weapons Program.