Misty Forest

Elizabeth M.F. Grasmeder


About Me

My scholarship draws on more than a decade of foreign policy experience to challenge fundamental assertions in international relations about the nature of national power. 

My research examines the composition of modern militaries, covert action, and interstate and intrastate conflict. My article in International Security and book project examine foreign military recruitment, and explains why modern states raise foreign legions and recruit legionnaires--soldiers who are neither citizens nor subjects of the governments they serve.

In addition to peer-reviewed scholarship, I have published findings from my research in the Washington Post. As for the classroom, my teaching background includes courses on research methods, insurgency, the modern Middle East, and contemporary West Africa. 

I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and B.S. in Foreign Service, also from Georgetown University. My research languages include Arabic and French.

In addition to my government career, I have the privilege to serve as an Adjunct Professor of National Security Policy with Duke University.

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