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American University
military, defense, national security, defense policy, military operations, Army, alliances, international security, international relations
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About Me

Dr. Nora Bensahel is a widely published expert on U.S. defense policy, military operations and force structure; coalition and alliance operations; and leader development. Bensahel has held senior positions at the Center for a New American Security and RAND Corporation. She taught in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for more than a decade. She earned her BA from Cornell University and her MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Recent Publications

Strategic Outpost column, War on the Rocks, every two weeks

“Can the Military Stop its Brain Drain?” The Atlantic, November 5, 2015

Battlefields and Boardrooms: Women’s Leadership in the Military and the Private Sector, Center for a New American Security, January 2015

“Beyond the QDR: Issues Facing the National Defense Panel,” Center for a New American Security, May 2014.

Building Better Generals, Center for a New American Security, October 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins of Defense Spending, Center for a New American Security, November 2012

Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity, Center for a New American Security, October 2011.

Media Coverage

Television: BBC World, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, Fox News, CBC, Associated Press, Voice of America

Radio: NPR’s Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, BBC World, CBS News, The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU), The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC)

Print: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Politico, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, National Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Military Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Congressional Quarterly

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