Micah Zenko

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action

Zenko covers the U.S. national security debate and offers insight on developments in international security and conflict prevention.

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Ten What’s With…Sarah Kreps

by Micah Zenko
Drone Warfare by Sarah Kreps and John Kaag. Drone Warfare by Sarah Kreps and John Kaag.

Sarah Kreps is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and an associate professor of government at Cornell University.  She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience: Military Interventions after the Cold War and the co-author of Drone Warfare. Additionally, I was fortunate to coauthor a recent CFR report, Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation, with Sarah. Read more »

Ten What’s With…Daniel Markey

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No Exit from Pakistan:America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad by Daniel Markey No Exit from Pakistan:America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad by Daniel Markey

Daniel Markey is Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he specializes in security and governance issues in South Asia. He has published a book on the future of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad (Cambridge University Press, October 2013). Read more »

Ten Whats With…Michael A. Levi

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The Power Surge by Michael Levi The Power Surge by Michael Levi

Michael Levi is the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Director of the CFR Program on Energy Security and Climate Change. Michael is the author of the new book The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future (Oxford University Press, 2013). He holds a Bachelors of Science in mathematical physics from Queen’s University, an MA in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in war studies from the University of London.  Read more »

Ten Whats With…Gregory D. Johnsen

by Micah Zenko
A view is seen of the historic city of Thula in Yemen (Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Courtesy Reuters). A view is seen of the historic city of Thula in Yemen (Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Courtesy Reuters).

Gregory D. Johnsen is a former Fulbright fellow in Yemen and currently a PhD candidate in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia and writes the blog Waq al-Waq. Read more »

Ten Whats With…Dr. Susan Bissell

by Micah Zenko
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0180/Susan Markisz. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0180/Susan Markisz.

Dr. Susan Bissell is Associate Director and Programmes Chief Child Protection, UNICEF, based in New York.  Susan joined UNICEF in 1987 where her work has taken her to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Haiti, Guatemala and Ethiopia. She holds a PhD in public health and medical anthropology from the University of Melbourne.  While completing her doctorate, she also co-produced the documentary “A Kind of Childhood” about human trafficking.  Susan is widely published and was a member of the Editorial Board of the report of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children which was released in 2006. Read more »

Ten Whats With…Kevin Benson

by Micah Zenko

Kevin Benson (Courtesy Univ. of Kansas, Creative Commons License).

Quick Bio (2-3 sentences): I was raised in Wisconsin and left after high school to go to West Point, 1973-1977.  I served on active duty in the U.S. Army for thirty years during which my wife and daughter endured eighteen moves, including overseas to Germany.  I recently completed a PhD in American History and am teaching at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  I work for AECOM.

What is the most interesting project you are currently working on?

The most interesting project I am working on is the development of a three-day course on critical thinking for the U.S. Army School of Command Preparation.  The three-day program is a part of a ten-day course for colonels who are selected for brigade command.   The men and women who are selected to command brigades in our army form the pool from which most of the general officers that form the senior leadership of the army are chosen.  The project I am a part of is designed to enhance the abilities of these men and women to think critically, accept alternative perspectives, and develop more nuanced concepts for operations.

What got you started in your career?

When I was a young lad I read about soldiers in American history.  One of my grandfathers fought in World War I and my uncle and my father fought in World War II.  While they were not professional soldiers, their service inspired me.  When I read about West Point the idea of being an army officer and commanding soldiers really took hold.  I’ve never had a “mid-life crisis” because I had the privilege of serving something larger than myself as well as jumping from perfectly functioning airplanes, shooting tanks, and commanding American soldiers.  The responsibility of command is like no other responsibility.  Leading and training soldiers is very satisfying. Read more »

Ten Whats With…Col. Gian Gentile

by Micah Zenko

Colonel Gian Gentile. Courtesy of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This is the first installment of an occasional series for Politics, Power, and Preventive Action (3PA): “Ten Whats With….”  In each installment I will ask a standard set of questions to friends and colleagues who work on interesting topics.

Colonel Gian P. Gentile is a serving army officer and is currently a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He teaches history at West Point.  He has had two combat tours in Iraq, most recently in command of a Cavalry Squadron in West Baghdad in 2006. He holds a PhD in history from Stanford University. Read more »