Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Her current research topics include U.S. Government stabilization and reconstruction efforts, the nexus between security and economic development, transitions of post-conflict responsibilities (particularly in Afghanistan), the role of special operations forces in a range of conflict situations, and the U.S. military activities to partner with foreign nations.
Prior to joining CSIS, Ms Sanok served at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, where she developed policy options for the U.S. government’s efforts to support a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq. While there, she collaborated closely with military and civilian colleagues to revise the Joint Campaign Plan. From 2005 to 2008, Ms Sanok was a senior professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, where she led a team on overarching defence policy topics, such as the Pentagon’s role in foreign assistance. At the Pentagon from 1998 to 2005, she worked in the secretary of defence’s counter proliferation, European, and NATO policy offices.
Ms Sanok received a master of public policy degree in international security policy and conflict resolution from Harvard University in 1998.