Suzanne Nielsen, a Colonel in the U.S. Army, is a
Professor of Political Science and the Deputy Head of the Department of Social
Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She teaches courses in international
relations and national security. She
also chairs the Academy’s Scholarship Committee which selects and prepares
cadets to compete for the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and other
nationally-competitive scholarships. An
intelligence officer by background, she has served in the United States,
Germany, the Balkans, Korea, and Iraq. From February to July 2008, she was the
deputy director of the Multi-National Forces-Iraq Commander’s Initiatives Group
in Baghdad. She has also served on the
personal staff of the Director, NSA/CSS, and Commander, U.S. Cyber
Command. She is a life member on the
Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the governing council of the
Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.
A distinguished graduate from the United States Military Academy, she also holds a masters and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. She was a Marshall Award recipient from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where she earned a masters degree in strategy and is a graduate of the National War College.
Suzanne Nielsen's most recent book is Taking
Sides: Clashing Views in American Foreign Policy, 6th Edition, co-edited with
Scott Handler and released by McGraw-Hill in 2013. She also co-authored
American National Security, 6th Edition, and co-edited American Civil-Military
Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era, which both released by Johns
Hopkins University Press in 2009. Other publications include monographs, book
chapters, and journal articles on military change, civil-military relations, and
cyber security challenges. Her
dissertation, “Preparing for War: the Dynamics of Peacetime Military Reform,”
won the American Political Science Association’s Lasswell Award for the best
dissertation in public policy in 2002 and 2003.
Her research interests include national strategy, change
in military organizations, civil-military relations, and cyber policy and
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