Dr. Nora Bensahel is currently Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. She is a widely published expert on U.S. defense policy, military operations and force structure; coalition and alliance operations; and leader development. Dr. Bensahel has held senior positions at the Center for a New American Security and RAND Corporation. She taught in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for more than a decade. She earned her BA from Cornell University and her MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University.