News | Nov. 17, 2017

About the Editors

Effective, Legitimate, Secure: Insights for Defense Institution Building

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Alexandra Kerr is a Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU) in the Center for Complex Operations. Kerr leads NDU’s Defense Institution Building initiative, in addition to her research on security assistance and cooperation, irregular warfare, and the evolution of security in the 21st Century. Prior to joining NDU, she was Assistant Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She joined CFR in 2012, managing projects and research on global multilateral cooperation, and went on to develop and manage CFR’s premier international initiative, the Council of Councils. Prior to joining CFR, Kerr held a fellowship in conflict mediation at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. During her studies she held several research positions, including in Oxford, the University of Saint Andrews, the political risk division of Lloyds of London, and the UN World Food Program in Rome. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in international relations from the University of Saint Andrews and a master’s degree in international conflict from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Michael Miklaucic is the Director of Research, Information and Publications at the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) at the National Defense University. He is also the Editor of PRISM, the journal of CCO. Prior to this assignment he served in various positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State, including Chief Operating Officer for the USAID Office of Democracy and Governance, and Rule of Law Specialist in the Center for Democracy and Governance. From 2002 to 2003 he served as the Department of State Deputy for War Crimes Issues. He later returned to State as USAID representative on the Civilian Response Corps Inter-Agency Task Force. He studied at the University of California, the London School of Economics, and the School for Advanced International Studies. He is an adjunct professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at American University, and of Conflict and Development at George Mason University.