April 07, 2021

Dr. Margarita Konaev Joins CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Program

Washington, April 7, 2021—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Margarita (Rita) Konaev, Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), has joined CNAS as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Program, where her research will focus on military applications of artificial intelligence and Russian military innovation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rita to the Center,” said Paul Scharre, CNAS Vice President and Director of Studies. “Rita brings valuable experience and expertise to our mission of understanding the growing role of technology, particularly artificial intelligence, in national security.”

Previously, Dr. Konaev was a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a Senior Principal in the Marketing and Communications practice at Gartner.

Dr. Kovaev’s research focuses on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors, and urban warfare in the Middle East, Russia, and Eurasia. She has been published by the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the French Institute of International Relations, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Lawfare, War on the Rocks, Defense One, Modern War Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a range of other outlets.

Dr. Konaev holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

For more information or to request an interview with Dr. Konaev, contact Cole Stevens at cstevens@cnas.org or call 202-695-8166.