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Audrey Kurth Cronin Professor School of International Service

Contact
Send email to Audrey Kurth Cronin
(202) 885-6382
SIS - School of International Service
SIS - 311
Fall 2018 semester: Tuesdays 4-5 & 8-9PM, Wednesdays 5:45-7:45, or by appointment.
Additional Positions at AU
Professor of International Security
Degrees
DPhil, International Relations, Oxford University; MPhil, International Relations, Oxford University; and A.B., Princeton University (summa cum laude); Marshall Scholar

Bio
Audrey Kurth Cronin joined the faculty of American University’s School of International Service in August 2016. Her previous position was Director of the Center for Security Policy Studies, and Director of the International Security Program at George Mason University. Before that, she was a faculty member and director of the core course on War and Statecraft at the U.S. National War College (2007-2011). Professor Cronin’s career has combined academic positions and government service. She came to the war college from Oxford University (Nuffield College), where she was Academic Director of Studies for the Oxford/Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War (2005-2007). Before that, she was Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, advising Members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She has also served in the U.S. Executive branch, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy; the Office of the Secretary of the Navy; and the American Embassy in Moscow. She often consults at senior levels of the U.S. government. Professor Cronin is widely published on strategy and nonstate actors. Her latest book which The New Yorker called "a landmark study" is How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (Princeton University Press). It was recently translated into Chinese and Arabic. She regularly writes for academic and general interest audiences, in journals including Foreign Affairs, International Security, and Survival, as well as on-line venues and blogs. She also does media interviews for prominent national and international outlets. In 2015 she was named Australia’s Keogh Chair and traveled throughout the country speaking about the future of conflict, innovation and technology. Professor Cronin has repeatedly spoken at the World Economic Forum (where she was Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Terrorism), the Council on Foreign Relations (where she is a member), the IISS (London), and many other national and international venues. Her forthcoming book, to be published in 2018, is about emerging technologies and their use by violent nonstate actors.
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Area of Expertise

Emerging technologies and their implications for security; terrorism and counterterrorism; international and U.S. security policy; how terrorism ends; Russia; Europe; the Middle East; North Africa; South Asia; North America

Additional Information

Audrey Kurth Cronin is Founding Director of the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology at American University and Professor at the School of International Service. Prior to joining AU, she was founder and Director of both the International Security Program and the Center for Security Studies at George Mason University. From 2007 to 2011, Prof. Cronin was a faculty member and director of the core course on War and Statecraft at the U.S. National War College where she also led or co-led field studies in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and Colombia. Her career has combined academic positions and government service. Prof. Cronin came to the war college from Oxford University (Nuffield College), where she was Academic Director of Studies for the Oxford/Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War from 2005 to 2007. She also served as Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, where she was responsible for advising Members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She has also served in the U.S. Executive branch, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prof. Cronin frequently consults at the most senior levels of the U.S. government. She is widely published on strategy and nonstate actors. Her most recent book is How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns, published by Princeton University Press, recently translated into Chinese and Arabic. In 2017, Robin Wright of The New Yorker called it a “landmark study.” Her next book, to be published in late 2018, will focus on emerging technologies and their use by violent nonstate actors. Prof. Cronin is a regular contributor to academic and general interest audiences including Foreign Affairs, International Security, and Survival. She also frequently does media interviews for outlets including BBC (Start the Week), CNN, NPR (Morning Edition, All Things Considered), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal among many others. She has repeatedly spoken at the World Economic Forum (where she was Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Terrorism), the Council on Foreign Relations (where she is a member), the IISS (London), and many other national and international venues.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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