Stephanie R. Ahern is a major in the U.S. Army, currently assigned as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. She teaches courses in advanced international relations, advanced international relations theory, and Winning the Peace, in addition to her current job as the executive officer to the distinguished international security studies professor. A 1995 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Stephanie has served in combat-heavy, (construction) engineer units in Vilseck, Germany, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, USA, including deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and 1998, Albania and Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2002, and Iraq in 2003. She has served as an Army strategist, spending summer 2006 in Baghdad working as a liaison officer to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq for the Center for Army Lessons Learned, and summer 2007 in Washington, DC, working on the Security Assistance Team in the U.S. Department of State Political-Military Bureau/Plans, Policy and Analysis Office. Stephanie is completing a PhD in international relations/comparative politics from the University of Notre Dame, and she is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.