About the Expert

Expert Bio

Micah Zenko is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Previously, he worked for five years at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution, Congressional Research Service, and State Department’s Office of Policy Planning.

Zenko has published on a range of national security issues, including articles in Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Strategic StudiesDefense and Security Analysis, and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and op-eds in the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesChicago Tribune, and the New York Times. He writes the blog Politics, Power, and Preventive Action, which covers U.S. national security policy, international security, and conflict prevention, and also has a column on ForeignPolicy.com. He tweets at @MicahZenko.

He is the author or coauthor of five Council Special Reports: Limiting Armed Drone Proliferation, Reforming U.S. Drone Strike PoliciesPartners in Preventive Action: The United States and International InstitutionsToward Deeper Reductions in U.S. and Russian Nuclear Weapons; and Enhancing U.S. Preventive Action. He is the author of Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy (Basic Books, 2015) and Between Threats and War: U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World (Stanford University Press, 2010).

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