Founders

Lorena Becerra

Lorena Becerra is the head pollster for one of Mexico’s leading newspapers, REFORMA. She has two decades of experience in the area of Public Opinion, where she has worked both in the private and public sectors in Mexico, including the Office of the Presidency. Becerra holds a PhD in Political Science from Duke University and a BA from ITAM. Her interests focus on the politics of clientelism, democratic development, and voting behavior. She was awarded the NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant in 2007.

Lindsay P. Cohn

Lindsay P. Cohn is an Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, where she has been since 2014. She spent 2013-14 as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, working as the Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combatting Terrorism. From 2009 to 2013, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She has held research and policy fellowships from Harvard’s Olin Institute of Strategic Studies, the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Free University Berlin. She finished her PhD in Political Science (IR/Theory) at Duke in 2007, under Peter D. Feaver. Her research specialties include civil-military relations, military manpower and organization, international law of war, privatization of force, public opinion and foreign policy, and comparative political economy.

Lindsay P. Cohn’s views are her own and do not represent the views of the U.S. Naval War College, the Department of the Navy, or the U.S. Government. These entries are written in her personal capacity as an academic expert, and on her own time. Time of posting does not necessarily indicate time of writing.

Seth Weinberger

Seth Weinberger is Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound. He received his B.A. (1993) in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an M.A. (1995) in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) in political science from Duke University. He teaches courses on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international security, terrorism, constitutional law, and political philosophy. His book, Restoring the Balance: War Powers in an Age of Terror was published by Praeger Press in 2009. His recently published articles include “Enemies Among Us: The Targeted Killing of American Members of al Qaeda and the Need for Congressional Leadership” in the Georgetown Global Security Studies Review (Spring 2013) and “Institutional Signals: The Political Dimension of International Competition Law Harmonization” (with Geoffrey A. Manne) in The Anti-Trust Bulletin (57, no. 3). His current research focuses on congressional-executive war powers in the on-going armed conflict against al Qaeda. In 2011 and 2016, Professor Weinberger received the Thomas A. Davis Teaching Excellence Award.