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Patrick Doherty is deputy director of the National Security Studies Program and director of the Smart Strategy Initiative. The Smart Strategy Initiative seeks to provoke a new discourse across the United States and world capitals on the central challenge facing the United States, the nature and function of American grand strategy and the contours of a new grand strategy capable of forging a prosperous, secure and sustainable future for the United States. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN.com, ForeignPolicy.com, The Washington Monthly, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report and the Australian Broadcasting Service.
Before joining New America in 2007, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, a Congressionally-focused national security think tank. Prior to that, he was a senior editor at TomPaine.com, an online journal of politics and policy, where he was responsible for national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment. Before returning to Washington, Mr. Doherty spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working at the intersection of conflict and development. He served as Catholic Relief Services' European Regional Advisor for Peacebuilding, as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity, and advised the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority's education ministries. He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master's degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he co-founded the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor's degree from the School of International Service at American University.