Foundation series

The Eurasia Group Foundation welcomes the first annual cohort of non-resident scholars

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome this accomplished group of professionals to EGF,” commented Allyn Summa, Executive Director of EGF. “Their diverse defense and foreign policy expertise will be invaluable to EGF as we seek to better understand U.S. security interests and seek new approaches.”

The Eurasia Group Foundation (EGF) today announced a new non-resident scholar program and its inaugural cohort of five new non-resident scholars. Fellows will conduct original research and analysis on a wide range of issues and topics for EGF’s Independent America project, which explores the possibilities and benefits of a more humble and pragmatic American foreign policy.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome this accomplished group of professionals to EGF,” commented Allyn Summa, Executive Director of EGF. “Their diverse expertise in defense and foreign policy – ​​from security aid and assistance to nuclear policy – ​​will be invaluable to the EGF as we seek to better understand the security interests of the United States. United and to seek new approaches that better reflect American priorities.”

  • Dr. Giles David Arceneaux is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, who studies nuclear strategy. Dr Arceneaux wrote in War on the Rocks about the effect of COVID-19 on Britain’s nuclear deterrent. As a fellow, Dr. Arceneaux will interrogate US nuclear policy and seek to make nuclear policy more accessible to Americans. Dr. Arceneaux will convene a symposium to assess the costs and risks of the Biden administration’s upcoming nuclear posture review. Dr. Arceneaux is also studying public support for ballistic missile defense and will develop a policy memorandum, which will assess avenues for engaging the public on this issue.
  • Mr. Michael A. Cohen is an MSNBC columnist, author of Truth and Consequences Substack, and co-author of the book Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans. As a fellow, Mr. Cohen will produce policy-oriented, explanatory-style memoirs that will delve into a major debate about current foreign policy and separate myth from fact. Mr. Cohen will continue to write a regular column for The New Republic challenging conventional foreign policy wisdom and will provide ongoing editorial advice to nonresident fellows and the larger independent America project.
  • Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, a Nonresident Scholar in the Extremism Program at George Washington University, and an affiliate with William & Mary’s Global Research Institute. Dr. Trisko Darden’s research interests include foreign aid, gender and security. She is the author of Aiding and Abetting: US Foreign Assistance and State Violence, which argues that foreign aid can worsen repression in recipient countries. She is also co-author of Women as War Criminals: Gender, Agency, and Justice. Dr. Trisko Darden is frequently published in The Conversation. Recently, she wrote in the Washington Post about the use of gender by protesters in Myanmar and in War on the Rocks about the blind spot of international law for women war criminals.
  • Dr. Aroop Mukharji is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts and an Associate of the Harvard Kennedy School Applied History Project. Dr. Mukharji is the host of two podcasts and video series, “Snack Break” and “Office Hours,” where he discusses foreign policy with Harvard professors, experts, and policymakers for general audiences. Dr. Mukharji’s research focuses on the foreign policy of the Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley administrations to understand how the United States became a great power at the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Mukharji works on projects that explore how threat inflation spurred American involvement in Asia in the late 1800s and the influence of American border wars on military doctrine. Dr. Mukharji sees education as an underrated part of American grand strategy (a topic he explored in Degrees and Diplomacy: The History of the Marshall Fellowship) and will also be working on a project focused on this topic.
  • Dr. Rachel E. Tecott is an assistant professor at the US Naval War College in the Department of Strategic and Operations Research, a research associate at the Center for New American Security, and an affiliate researcher at MIT. Dr. Tecott studies American military strategy and the bureaucratic, organizational, and cognitive obstacles to its success. Dr. Tecott has recently written about America’s failure to build an effective Afghan army in Foreign Affairs and The Washington Post. Co-founder of the Future Strategy Forum, Dr. Tecott has demonstrated an interest in filling gaps in the foreign policy community. As a fellow, Dr. Tecott will examine how bureaucratic and psychological processes within the military services create tension with US foreign policy goals.

Mark Hannah, EGF Senior Fellow who directs the Independent America Project, also welcomed non-resident fellows: “EGF is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a group of academics and talented analysts. With U.S. foreign policy at an inflection point, their insight and thought-provoking partnership will broaden the impact of the Independent America Project’s work on some of the most critical national security issues facing the United States.

EGF is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to helping people make sense of the impact of geopolitics on their lives by empowering them to get involved in the issues that matter most to them. EGF tackles complex issues and ensures they are accessible to everyone through traditional and non-traditional media, including events and meetings, articles and presentations, videos, infographics, podcasts and the full range social media.

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