Sean McFate, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of International Security Affairs
National Defense University
•B.A., Brown University
•M.A., Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
•Ph.D., London School of Economics
•US Foreign Policy
•National Security Strategy
•International Business and ‘New’ Globalization
•Building Armies and Security Forces
Sean McFate, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs specializing in international relations and strategy. He also teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, is a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an adjunct social scientist at the RAND Corporation, both think tanks.
Previously, McFate was a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and also a Program Director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Before working in academia and policy, McFate was a Program Manager for DynCorp International, a company that provides technical services for the U.S. government. There he helped create and manage unique programs in Africa, such as demobilizing and then rebuilding Liberia’s army “from the ground up” after the 14-year civil war and Charles Taylor’s exile in 2003. He also managed programs in the Great Lakes region and other parts of Africa. From 1992 to 2000 he was an officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and other military units, leaving as a Captain. Following his military service, he advised Amnesty International USA on human rights and armed conflict issues. McFate also worked as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a Business Advisor at BearingPoint (now Deloitte Consulting) on U.S. foreign policy and international business issues.
McFate’s forthcoming book is titled The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press), and authored a monograph for the U.S. military’s Strategic Studies Institute titled Building Better Armies: An Insider’s Account of Liberia. He has published articles in Foreign Policy, African Affairs, Military Review, Royal United Services Institute Journal, and Review of African Political Economy. He has authored six book chapters in edited volumes on foreign affairs, special reports for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Stanley Foundation, and was a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and also War Crimes and Trials: A Historical Encyclopedia. He served on the editorial board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Sage Publications).