People

Our team

The Center has grown from two faculty co-directors, Peter Bergen and Daniel Rothenberg, to a team of 20 faculty as well as 25 current and former funded fellows. We work with over 150 affiliated faculty from multiple programs and units at ASU including scholars of political science, history, religious studies, law, engineering, public policy, sustainability, philosophy, international development, security studies, regional studies, and other fields. Additionally, we work with dozens of experts based at New America including journalists, researchers, former government officials, former members of the U.S. military, and specialists in international human rights and global humanitarian assistance.

Co-directors

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Peter L. Bergen

Professor of Practice, Vice President and Director of the International Security Program at New America, award winning journalist and author of multiple best-selling books including The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World and The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden: The Biography.

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Daniel Rothenberg

Professor of Practice, Senior Fellow at New America, anthropologist focusing on human rights, genocide and truth commissions, and field-based research, books include Memory of Silence and Drone Wars

Core faculty

Faculty

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Anika Binnendijk

Professor of Practice, political analyst at the RAND Corporation, former staff at the National Security Council and in the Department of State Policy Planning staff

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Lt. Col. M.L. Cavanaugh

Professor of Practice, active-duty U.S. Army strategist, co-founder of the Modern War Institute at West Point

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Alicia Ellis Perry

Lecturer, U.S. Air Force veteran with multiple deployments in Iraq and elsewhere, former Policy Analyst for the U.S. State Department, and Presidential Management Fellow

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Anand Gopal

Assistant Research Professor, sociologist, journalist, finalist for 2015 and 2022 Pulitzer Prize and 2014 National Book Award

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Sarah Holewinski

Professor of Practice, DC Director, Human Rights Watch, former deputy chief of staff in the U.S. Mission to the U.N., expert on civilian protection in war

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Thomas Just

Lecturer, political scientist specializing in the use of legal and public diplomacy strategies to counter extremist ideologies and support reconciliation

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Azmat Khan

Professor of Practice, Carnegie Fellow, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize, investigative journalist focusing on conflict focusing on Afghanistan & Iraq

David Kilcullen

David Kilcullen

Professor of Practice, counter insurgency/terrorism expert former advisor to Gen. David Petraeus, and Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, author of The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West, The Accidental Guerrilla, Counterinsurgency, Out of the Mountains

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Jonathan Kinkel

Lecturer, lawyer, and political scientist, former Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General, works on comparative politics, human rights, U.S.-China relations, former NGO director

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Jeff Kubiak

Professor of Practice, Co-Director, MA in Global Security, retired U.S. Air Force colonel; political scientist specializing in strategy and narrative, former faculty at U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

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Ajit Maan

Professor of Practice, Center on the Future of War, School of Politics and Global Studies, philosopher specializing in the analysis of narrative and strategy, author of Narrative Warfare

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George Poste

Del E. Webb Professor of Health Innovation and chief scientist with the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at ASU, and was a member of the Defense Science Board

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Candace Rondeaux

Professor of Practice, formerly of U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and Bureau Chief for Afghanistan/Pakistan for The Washington Post

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David Scheffer

Professor of Practice, former Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, former Director, Center for International Human Rights, and professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

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Lt. Gen. (ret.) Robert Schmidle

Professor of Practice, first Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, combat fighter pilot with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University

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Peter W. Singer

Professor of Practice, Senior Strategist at New America, leading expert on 21st century security, author of best-selling books including Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century and LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Distinguished Professor of Practice, CEO of New America, former director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State and former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs

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Scott Whittaker

Professor of Practice, Chief Information Security Officer, Verra Mobility, focuses on cyber security, capability enhancement, risk management, and strategy

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Col. (ret.) Isaiah “Ike” Wilson

Professor of Practice, President, Joint Special Operations University, combat veteran and expert on comparative strategy 

Fellows

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Trevor Aronson

Investigative journalist for The Intercept, executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2019-2020

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Greg Barker

Award-winning filmmaker who directed The Final Year, a sweeping insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team, Legion of Brothers, Sergio (Sundance award-winner), and numerous films for PBS/Frontline, including the acclaimed Ghosts of Rwanda, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2017-2018

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Rosa Brooks

Professor and former Associate Dean at Georgetown Law, former Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, former Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Founding Future of War Senior Fellow 2014-2017

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Iona Craig

Journalist working in Yemen, winner of the 2016 Orwell Prize, 2014 Martha Gellhorn Prize and 2018 George Polk Award, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2018-2019

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Jen Daskal

currently Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, Security Program at American University Washington College of Law, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2020-2021

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Patricia Evangelista

Trauma journalist from the Philippines covering disaster, conflict, and human rights issues, award-winning staff reporter for Rappler focusing on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2019-2020

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Jill Filipovic

Contributing opinion writer for The New York Times writing on women’s rights in conflict zones, author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2018-2019

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Joshua Geltzer

Ccurrently Special Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Homeland Security Advisor on Countering Domestic Violent Extremism, former Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2017-2018

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Mike Giglio

Journalist and writer focused on war, terrorism, and national security, working on the growing political influence of U.S. militant groups, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2021-2022

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Suzy Hansen

Contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World, which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2019-2020

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Shane Harris

Staff writer at the Washington Post, where he covers national security, intelligence, and cyber security, as well as the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2014-2015

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Jonathan Katz

Journalist, and author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2018-2019

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Azmat Khan

investigative journalist, Carnegie Fellow, winner multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize, the Overseas Press Club Ed Cunningham Award, and the Deadline Club Magazine Investigative Reporting Award, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2016-2017

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David Kilcullen

Former Chief Strategist in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus, author of multiple best-selling books including The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West and Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism, Founding Future of War Senior Fellow 2014-2018

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Suki Kim

Journalist, and author of New York Times best-seller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korean Elite, recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Open Society fellowships ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2018-2019

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Yi-Ling Liu

Award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Economist, and The New Yorker, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2020-2021

Lt. Col. Sean McCafferty

Active duty in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army, former Chief of Plans & Strategy at U.S. Army Cyber Command, Research Fellow at the Center on the Future of War

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Azadeh Moaveni

Gender Project Director, International Crisis Group, author of Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran and Iran Awakening which she co-wrote with Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2016-2018

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Douglas Ollivant

Former Director for Iraq at the National Security Council during both the Bush and Obama administrations, Founding Future of War Senior Fellow 2014-2019

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George Packer

Staff writer at the New Yorker since 2003, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which won the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction, Guggenheim fellow, Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America 2017-2018

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Janet Reitman

Contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, covering extremism, youth, and national security, best-selling author, ASU Future Security Fellow at New America 2021-2022

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Tom Ricks

Former national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, part of two Pulitzer Prize winning teams and author of many bestselling books including Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-05, Founding Future of War Senior Fellow 2014-2017

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Scott Silverstone

Professor of International Relations and Director of the International Relations Program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, author of From Hitler’s Germany to Saddam’s Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War and Preventive War and American Democracy, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America, 2016-2017

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Peter W. Singer

Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America, one of the world’s leading experts on 21st century security issues, the author of multiple books on child soldiers, cyberwar and emerging military technologies including, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, Founding Future of War Senior Fellow 2014-2018

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David Wood

Journalist covering the military for four decades, winner of a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on moral injury, ASU Future of War Fellow at New America, 2015-2016

Affiliated faculty

The Center works with over 150 affiliated faculty from multiple programs and units at ASU including scholars of political science, history, religious studies, law, engineering, public policy, sustainability, philosophy, international development, security studies, regional studies, and other fields. Affiliated faculty participate in a variety of ways, including designing and managing research projects, presenting at events and conferences, and otherwise contributing to debate, discussion, and the intellectual life of our Center.

New America team

The Center works with several dozen experts based at New America including journalists, researchers, former government officials, former members of the U.S. military, and specialists in international human rights and global humanitarian assistance. Team members mentor ASU students, participate in events, draft reports and article and otherwise support Center activities.