Director, NATOSource; Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
TopicsInternational Security, Missile Defense, NATO and its Partners, Transatlantic Relations, US Defense Policy
RegionsBaltics, Europe, Russia
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October 22, 2018
September 19, 2018
July 18, 2018Decreases in NATO members’ defense budgets in the years before Vladimir Putin’s takeover of Crimea in 2014 created readiness problems in Europe just as they have in America,
July 18, 2018President Donald Trump cast new doubt on his willingness to come to the defense of NATO allies
July 18, 2018
He specializes in NATO and transatlantic relations, European politics, and US national security. He has been interviewed or cited by a broad range of media sources such as CNN, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Defense News, POLITICO, the National Interest, Xinhua, the Global Times, Russia Today, Kommersant, Hurriyet, Handelsblatt, Al Arabiya, Al Hurra, Al Jazeera, Sky News, and the Congressional Research Service.
Dr. Benitez previously served as assistant for Alliance issues to the Director of NATO Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has also served as a specialist in international security for the Department of State and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.
Dr. Benitez received his BA from the University of Florida, his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.