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Caitlin Talmadge
Associate Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University

Caitlin Talmadge is Associate Professor of Security Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and Senior Non-Resident Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Professor Talmadge’s research and teaching focus on defense policy, civil-military relations, U.S. military operations and strategy, nuclear deterrence and escalation, and security issues in Asia and the Persian Gulf. She is author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell, 2015), which Foreign Affairs named the Best Book in Security for 2016 and which won the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. She also is co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy (Routledge, fourth edition, 2021, with Harvey Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz). Her articles have been published in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Affairs, The Washington QuarterlyThe Non-Proliferation Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Dr. Talmadge’s work has received funding from the Carnegie Corporation, the Minerva Initiative, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the American Political Science Association, and the Stanton Foundation, among others. She has previously worked as a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, and as a professor at the George Washington University. For more information visit or follow her on Twitter @ProfTalmadge.