Carrie A. Lee
Director, Civil-Military Relations Center
Department of National Security and Strategy, SSL
Carrie A. Lee is an associate professor at the US Army War College, where she serves as the Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy and director of the USAWC Center on Civil-Military Relations. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2015, and a B.S. from MIT in 2010. She studies how democratic political institutions (like elections) affect inter-state conflict, military operations, and foreign policy decision-making, and has also done work on counterinsurgency strategy, public opinion and foreign policy, humanitarian crises and intervention, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.
Carrie’s writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks, Armed Forces and Society, International Politics, Orbis, and The Washington Post. Her research has won multiple awards from the American Political Science Association, and been supported by the U.S. Air Force, the Stanton Foundation, LBJ Foundation, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, and Stanford University. This research is regularly included on syllabi at Yale, MIT, Duke, Stanford, and other major universities.
In addition to her work at the Army War College, Carrie is a contributing editor for War on the Rocks, term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a member of Foreign Policy for America’s NextGen Initiative. She has previously held academic positions at the US Air War College, Notre Dame International Security Center, and the RAND Corporation.
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“Rethinking Civil-Military Relations for Modern Strategy”
West Point Modern War Institute, August 14, 2023
DEMOCRACY AND DEFENSE, STRATEGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
“What the Jan 6 hearings did and didn’t say about the military”
Washington Post Monkey Cage, July 22, 2022
DEMOCRACY AND DEFENSE
“Polarization, Casualty Sensitivity, and Military Operations: Evidence from a Survey Experiment”
International Politics forthcoming Fall 2022
MILITARY AND SOCIETY, DEMOCRACY AND DEFENSE
“General Milley reportedly tried to work around Trump on nukes. Did he have the authority to do this?”
Washington Post Monkey Cage, September 15, 2021
DEMOCRACY AND DEFENSE
“Education Against Extremism: Suggestions for a Smarter Stand Down”
War on the Rocks, July 16, 2021
EDUCATION, DEMOCRACY AND DEFENSE