Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2009-2010
Instructor, U.S. Department of Defense
Mara E. Karlin served in a variety of policy positions in the U.S. Defense Department, including Levant Director and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. As Levant Director, she was intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian affairs. As Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Mara helped coordinate the Under Secretary’s workload and facilitated his efforts on hundreds of national security-related actions. In connection with her work at the Pentagon, she received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Mara is currently an Instructor and Ph.D candidate in Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She also serves as an occasional consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and her M.A. with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Middle East Studies, Strategic Studies, and International Economics.
Recent Publications & News
CommentaryTwo Cheers for Esper’s Plan to Reassert Civilian Control of the Pentagon
By Loren DeJonge Schulman, Alice Hunt Friend & Mara Karlin
PodcastWomen in National Security: Mara Karlin
By Mara Karlin & Loren DeJonge Schulman
CommentaryEnding the Iran Deal is An Invitation to War
By Ilan Goldenberg & Mara Karlin
Keeping Up Civ-Mil Relations
By Loren DeJonge Schulman & Mara Karlin
For an Audience of One: Re-Booting Agenda SecDef
By Loren DeJonge Schulman, Shawn Brimley & Mara Karlin