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Tara Maller
Tara Maller
Associate Director for Strategic Communications
Tara Maller serves as the Associate Director for Strategic Communications for the Franklin Project. She is also a research fellow in the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation. Previously, Tara worked at BrightWire Inc., a NY-based startup, where she served as the managing editor and managing director of Operations, Americas. She managed the media analyst team and provided editorial direction with regard to a wide range of economic and political topics. Tara also previously served as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on the Iraq insurgency. From 2010-11, Tara was a predoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. During college, she interned in the DC Senate office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has recently published articles with,,, Bloomberg View, Al Jazeera America & The Huffington Post. She has also appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America and HuffPost Live. Tara is also currently a member of the Truman National Security Project and a fellow with the Millennial Action Network. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. She graduated with a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College. - See more at:

Entries by Tara Maller

Service As Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:35 PM

One of the central themes of Arianna Huffington's Third Metric is the importance of redefining traditional notions of success. Huffington's Third Metric consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. In a world where success has traditionally been defined in terms of power and money, how do...

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Answering the State of the Union's Call to Citizenship

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Last night, during the State of the Union address, President Obama told the U.S. populace that "citizenship demands a sense of common cause; participation in the hard work of self-government; an obligation to serve our communities. I know this chamber agrees that few Americans give more to their country than...

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Half the Homeland: Mobilizing Women for National Security

(13) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:11 PM

Carrie Mathison, the fictional CIA analyst in the HBO series Homeland, and Maya, the operative in the film Zero Dark Thirty who is based on a woman who helped capture Osama bin Laden, have placed a spotlight on a huge national security issue in America: women in national security jobs....

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The NYC Marathon Should Have Been a Day of Service

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:49 PM

The only way Mayor Bloomberg's original decision to keep the NYC marathon up and running would have been a good idea was if it had actually been a covert plan to get runners and spectators to flock to Manhattan to enlist them for a marathon day of community service. Fortunately,...

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