Global Security Faculty

The highly engaged, accessible, and professional faculty are the backbone of the MA in Global Security Program. Professors of Practice are leaders in their respective fields and provide the policymaker’s view on everything from cybersecurity to counterterrorism to human rights, and more. Students will also take coursework from renowned scholars and accomplished professors, and have many opportunities to interact with the faculty teaching their courses.

Hear from some of our key faculty on the courses they teach:

Meet the MA in Global Security and Center on the Future of War Team

Ian Anderson

Faculty Associate
Enterprise Security Manager at OGE Energy Corp
Teaches: Overview of Cybersecurity; Cybersec Planning and Strategy
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Peter Bergen

Professor of Practice, Co-Director of the Center on the Future of War
CNN national security analyst
Director, International Security at New America
New York Times Bestselling author
Teaches: Terrorism and Insurgency
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Anika Binnendijk

Professor of Practice
RAND Political Scientist
Former policy advisor to the assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Former policy advisor to the Secretary of State on Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, the Caucasus, and NATO;
prior to that on Iran and Persian Gulf
Teaches: Emerging Technologies
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Matthew Cavanaugh

Professor of Practice
US Army Strategist
Co-founder / Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point
Teaches: Strategy for Armed Conflict
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Alicia Ellis

Lecturer
Former Presidential Management Fellow
Former Analyst, U.S. Department of State
Former Captain, U.S. Air Force
Teaches: Security Studies; Global Trends
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Anand Gopal

Assistant Research Professor
Award-Winning Author and Journalist
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Sarah Holewinski

Professor of Practice
Washington Director at Human Rights Watch
Former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on use of force and human rights issues
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Former Executive Director of Center for Civilians in Conflict
Teaches: Human Rights and Armed Conflict
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Thomas Just

Lecturer
Former Assistant to the Director of African and Middle Eastern Affairs, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Former Congressional Aide, Office of U.S. Representative Thomas E. Petri
Teaches: U.S. Politics of Security; Comparative Studies of Conflict
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Azmat Khan

Professor of Practice
Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter
Teaches: Conflict Reporting
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David Kilcullen

Professor of Practice
Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy
Former Chief Strategist, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S Dept of State
Former Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
Teaches: Adaptation & Military Innovation Since the Cold War; Urbanization, Security, and Conflict
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Jonathan Kinkel

Lecturer
Teaches: Global Politics of Security; Understanding Conflict and War; Law of War
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Jeff Kubiak

MA in Global Security Program Co-Director, Professor of Practice
Former Director, Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired)
Teaches: War, Conflict and Security
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Ajit Maan

Professor of Practice
Defense and Security Strategist
Author of Counter-Terrorism: Narrative Strategies
Teaches: Narrative Conflict
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Candace Rondeaux

Professor of Practice
Director, Future Frontlines
Former Strategic Advisor to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
Award-winning journalist
Teaches: Governance in Post-Conflict and Transitional Contexts; Proxy Warfare: Strategic Thinking and History
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Daniel Rothenberg

MA in Global Security Program Co-Director, Professor of Practice, Center on the Future of War Co-Director
Teaches: War, Conflict and Security
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Robert Schmidle

Professor of Practice, University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies
First Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command
Lt. General (retired)
Teaches: Cybersecurity Planning & Strategy; Overview of Cybersecurity
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David Scheffer

Professor of Practice
First United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Teaches: International Criminal Tribunals & Global Security
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Peter Singer

Professor of Practice
Strategist at New America
Named one of 100 most influential people in defense issues (Defense One)
Named one of Top 100 Global Thinkers List (Foreign Policy)
New York Times Bestselling author
The premier futurist in the national-security environment (Wall Street Journal)
Teaches: Cybersecurity Threats and Trends; Cybersecurity, Global Politics and Resiliency
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Scott Whittaker

Professor of Practice
Vice President of Information Security, Symbotic
Teaches: Overview of Cybersecurity
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Isaiah Wilson

Professor of Practice
President, Joint Special Operations University
Former Director, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute
Teaches: Understanding Great Power Competition
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Thorin Wright

Associate Professor, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Teaches: Global Trends
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