Dr. Nora Bensahel is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She also co-authors the Strategic Outpost column at War on the Rocks. She previously served as the Co-Director of the Responsible Defense program at the Center for a New American Security, and as a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has published extensively on U.S. defense policy and military operations, and is a frequent media commentator. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University.