Mary Habeck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, she was an associate professor in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she taught courses on military history and strategic thought. From 2008 to 2009, she was the special advisor for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. Before joining SAIS, Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale University’s history department.
Habeck was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served from 2006 to 2013.
In addition to books and articles on World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and al Qaeda, Habeck’s publications include “Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror” (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, “Attacking America: Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy” (Basic, 2015), “Managing Savagery: Al-Qa’ida’s Military and Political Strategies” (2016), and “Fighting the Enemy: The US and Its War against al-Qa’ida” (2017).
She received her Ph.D. in history and M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State University.
Please join AEI and the Foreign Policy Research Institute as they cohost a discussion unraveling different perspectives on the al Qaeda challenge, assessing the success of current policies, and, in particular, focusing on the implications of growing factionalism among groups.
This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.
Twelve years after 9/11, the administration does not understand al-Qaeda. Nor does it grasp the nature of war. The al-Qaeda war is a component of a larger contest for power in the Middle East, and by failing to understand terrorist groups in that context and to define enduring interests in the region, the President is trying to turn the war into something it's not: one from which we can withdraw.