Kathleen McInnis

Specialist in International Security, Congressional Research Service

McInnis, Kathleen

Contact Information
kjmcinni@syr.edu



Nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative and Forward Defense practice.

Degree

Ph.D., Department of War Studies, King’s College London. 

Biography

Dr. Kathleen J. McInnis is a Specialist in International Security at the Congressional Research Service and nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative and Forward Defense practice.

She has worked as a research consultant at Chatham House in London, working on NATO and transatlantic security matters. Dr. McInnis also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), working on NATO-Afghanistan matters and stability operations capability development. Prior to joining the Pentagon, Dr. McInnis spent several years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), analyzing US nuclear weapons strategy, strategic capabilities, NATO, European security, and transatlantic relations. Before joining CSIS, she was a researcher in the United Kingdom (UK) House of Commons, working on NATO, the European Union, and US-UK political-military relations.

Kathleen has commented on international affairs on television, radio, and print. She has appeared on CNN, Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera English, and Voice of America. Her articles have featured in publications including The Atlantic, Defense OneForeign PolicyThe Washington QuarterlyDefense NewsWar on the Rocks and The Washington Times, and was a contributing author to several Chatham House and CSIS studies. She was awarded her MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics in 2002, and completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London in 2017. Her book on coalitions, How and Why States Defect from Contemporary Military Coalitions, was published by Palgrave in 2019. Kathleen is also the author of novel, The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon (Post Hill Press, 2018). She is also a contributing author to the edited volume Strategy Strikes Back: What Star Wars Teaches Us About Modern Military Conflict, released by Potomac Press in April 2018.