Dr. Sean McFate is an author, novelist, and expert in foreign policy and national security strategy. He is a professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
Dr. McFate's career began as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's storied 82nd Airborne Division. After this he became a private military contractor in Africa, where he dealt with warlords, raised small armies, worked with armed groups in the Sahara, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and helped prevent a genocide in the Great Lakes region.
Dr. McFate co-wrote the novels Shadow War (2016) and Deep Black (2017) based on his military experiences. He also authored the non-fiction book The Modern Mercenary (2017). His newest book is The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder (2019). He has appeared in or on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, BBC, and the Economist.
Dr. McFate holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.