Kathleen J. McInnis

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Kathleen McInnis

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Dr. Kathleen J. McInnis is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She currently serves as an international security analyst for the Congressional Research Service, writing on US defense policy and strategy issues.

Prior to that, she was a research consultant at Chatham House in London, working on NATO and transatlantic security matters. In 2010, she co-founded Caerus Associates, a strategic design consulting firm, and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 2011. Dr. McInnis also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), working NATO-Afghanistan matters and stability operations capability development. In that capacity, she helped formulate and support US policy for two NATO summits, eight NATO Defense Ministerial meetings, and four Regional Command- South Ministerial meetings. Prior to joining Stability Operations, Dr. McInnis spent several years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), analyzing US nuclear weapons strategy, strategic capabilities, NATO, European security, and transatlantic relations. Before joining CSIS, she was a researcher in the United Kingdom (UK) House of Commons, working on NATO, the European Union, and US-UK political-military relations.

Kathleen has commented on international affairs on television, radio, and print. She has appeared on CNN, Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera English, and Voice of America. Her articles have featured in publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Defense One, Foreignpolicy.com, The Washington Quarterly, Defense News, War on the Rocks and The Washington Times, and was a contributing author to several Chatham House and CSIS studies. She was awarded her MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics in 2002, and completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, King's College London in 2017. Her book on coalitions, How and Why States Defect from Contemporary Military Coalitions, will be published by Palgrave in 2019. Kathleen is also the author of novel, The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon (Post Hill Press, 2018). She is also a contributing author to the edited volume Strategy Strikes Back: What Star Wars Teaches Us About Modern Military Conflict, released by Potomac Press in April 2018.

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