Dr. Bernard I. Finel is a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project (ASP) where he directs research on counter‐terrorism and defense policy. He is the author of ASP’s annual report, Are We Winning? Measuring Progress in the Struggle Against Violent Jihadism. He also produces regular in‐depth analyses of current security issues, including developments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. defense policy.
Prior to joining ASP, Dr. Finel was a professor of military strategy and operations at the U.S. National War College from 2004 to 2006. From 1994 to 2004, he held various positions at Georgetown University, most notably as Executive Director of the Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies from 2001 to 2004. He was also on the visiting faculty of the School of Foreign Service and a member of the core faculty of the M.A. Program in Security Studies. Dr. Finel led Georgetown’s partnership with the Department of Defense’s Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP) and was lead faculty member for DLAMP courses. He continues to work at Georgetown as an adjunct member of the faculty, teaching courses on American Defense Policy and the Use of Force in the Modern World.
Dr. Finel has published widely on international politics and security. He is co‐author and co‐editor of two books: Power and Conflict in the Age of Transparency (2000), one of the first volumes to systematically examine the influence of increasing international transparency on international security; and Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003), which highlighted the challenges to the non‐ proliferation regime and stressed the ineffectiveness of the U.S. government’s response to the issue. His research has been published in the journals Security Studies, International Security, Aerospace Power Journal, International Studies Quarterly, National Security Studies Quarterly, and World Affairs.
Dr. Finel is a frequent media commentator on international developments. He has been interviewed for television around the world, including programs broadcast to Canada, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Afghanistan. He has been a guest on numerous nationally‐broadcast radio programs, and is often quoted by journalists seeking expert commentary on breaking news stories. Dr. Finel is also a frequent contributor to various online media, including WorldPolticsReview.com, Op‐Ednews.com, TPMCafe.com, and DailyKos.com.
Dr. Finel received his B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Molly James, a trusts and estates attorney, and their two children.