Karlin evolves from scholar to policymaker

Dr. Mara Karlin’s academic credentials are a mile long. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University in political science with distinction in strategic studies and the Middle East. She earned a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in international affairs from from Johns Hopkins University.

She was an adjunct scholar at the Rand Corporation and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and elsewhere. She served in national security roles for five U.S. secretaries of defense, advising on policies spanning strategic planning, defense budgeting, future wars and the evolving security environment, as well as regional affairs...