Our 52nd Year

Asli Aydintasbas
Robert Barylski
John Beyrle
Stephen Biegun
Thomas DeFrank
Susan Glickman
Margaret Jay
Jimmy Kolker
Charles Kupchan
David Lampton
Sean McFate
Mohsen Milani
Manjari Chatterjee Miller
Nolan Peterson
Dennis Ross
Yasmin Sayed
Kori Schake
Lee Schneider
Charles Schudson
Thomas Shannon
Charles Shapiro
Suzanne Spaulding
Barbara Stephenson
Jeremi Suri
Aron Troen
Martin Walker


Sean McFate

Dr. Sean McFate is an author, novelist, and an 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 and 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, Dr. McFate 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 genocide in the Great Lakes region.

Dr. McFate co-wrote the novels Shadow War and Deep Black (William Morrow) based on his military experiences. He wrote the non-fiction book The Modern Mercenary. His newest book is The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder. He has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, BBC, Vice/HBO, The Discovery Channel, and the American Heroes Channel.

Dr. McFate holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.