In the NewsMay 5, 2022
Samotin in the Wall Street Journal: Why Russian conscripts can’t subdue Ukraine
By Atlantic Council
On May 5, Laura Resnick Samotin published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal examining why Russian conscripts have underperformed in the war in Ukraine. “We have already seen one recent war between conscript armies. While conscription does not appear to have played a major role in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020, the current […]
In the NewsApr 21, 2022
Samotin in Foreign Affairs: A high-reward, low-risk approach to AI military innovation
By Atlantic Council
On April 21, Laura Resnik Samotin co-authored a Foreign Affairs article with Michael Horowitz and Lauren Khan. They argue that the United States is unprepared for strategic competition over AI development, and lay out a framework to safely and quickly operationalize the technology. “The United States, then, faces dueling risks from AI. If it moves […]
Laura Resnick Samotin is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
Resnick Samotin is the post-doctoral fellow in national security and intelligence at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She obtained a PhD in political science at Columbia University, where she focused on the non-material determinants of military effectiveness. Her dissertation examined how militarism contributes to a reduction in military effectiveness and adverse war outcomes via the generation of disintegrated wartime grand strategy. In addition to her work on intelligence and grand strategy, she conducts research on political psychology, specifically on bias in decision-making processes, on US foreign policy, and on military technological innovation.
Resnick Samotin was a Cordier fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia from 2016 to 2021. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California in Fall 2018 and a Hans Morgenthau pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Spring 2020. Her work has been funded by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library’s Scowcroft O’Donnell Grant and a Charles Koch Foundation dissertation development grant for the study of grand strategy.
Before starting her PhD, she was a researcher at the Good Judgement Project at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and master of philosophy from Columbia University.