Lesley Warner

Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2018

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Lesley Anne Warner is a Professional Staff Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she serves as the principal adviser to the Ranking Member on matters relating to sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University, where she directed the only open source strategic-to-tactical level analysis of the Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership. Following that assignment, she deployed to Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa in Djibouti to conduct mission analysis for the draft CJTF-HOA Campaign Plan and map the Joint, Interagency, International, and Multinational (JIIM) engagement in the region. Ms. Warner holds a M.A. in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College, where she was awarded the Boren National Security Education Program Scholarship and a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She is currently a PhD candidate in War Studies at King's College London, where her dissertation focuses on the process of integrating armed groups into statutory security frameworks during war-to-peace transitions. 

Ms. Warner's research has been published in PRISM, Royal United Services Institute Journal, Naval War College Review, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, War on the Rocks, The Atlantic, The National Interest, World Politics Review, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog. She has been interviewed on media outlets such as PBS News Hour, BBC News, France 24, and Radio France Internationale, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Voice of America, Foreign Policy, U.S. News & World Report, and Stars & Stripes. Ms. Warner is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, an International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) Fellow, and a member of the Editorial Board of Parameters, the U.S. Army War College Quarterly.