Caitlin Talmadge is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where her research and teaching focus on U.S. defense policy, military effectiveness, civil-military relations, nuclear strategy, and Persian Gulf security issues. During the 2014-15 academic year, she was also a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Talmadge is the author of The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015) and co-author of U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy (Routledge, 2014). Her other writings have appeared in International Security, Security Studies, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Non-Proliferation Review, The Washington Quarterly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other outlets. Recent speaking engagements include the U.S. Naval War College, the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Stratetic Command, the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group, Princeton, Duke, Harvard, MIT, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and the London School of Economics. Dr. Talmadge previously worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Brookings Institution, and as a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense. She also has been named a Next Generation National Security Leader by the Center for a New American Security. She holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was also a member of the Security Studies Program.