William Rosenau, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Historian
William Rosenau is an expert on United States and international military advisory roles and missions, international police training, terrorist innovation and political warfare. Some of his recent research has examined threats, governance and diplomacy in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans, East Africa and Cuba. His articles appear regularly in the media, including The National Interest, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security Today, The Atlantic and War on the Rocks, where he is a regular panelist on podcasts. His books include "Acknowledging Limits: Police Advisors and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan" and "Internal Security Assistance to South Vietnam: Insurgency, Subversion, and Public Order."
Prior to joining CNA, Rosenau was a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State, and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. At Harvard University, Rosenau was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of History and a Research Coordinator for the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. On Capitol Hill, Rosenau was a legislative assistant for defense and foreign policy in the U.S. Senate. In the Department of Defense, he served as a professional staff member at the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.
Rosenau holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College at the University of London, an M.A. in History from Magdalene College at Cambridge University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
RECENT NEWSMay 19, 2017
War on the Rocks publishes “Cuba: From Threat to Partner?” by CNA analysts William Rosenau, Ph.D. and Ralph Espach, Ph.D.May 10, 2017
CNA’s Center for Strategic Studies releases Shining a Light on the Western Balkans: Internal Vulnerabilities and Malign Influence from Russia, Terrorism, and Transnational Organized Crime by CNA analysts Vera Zakem, William Rosenau, Ph.D. and Danielle Johnson, Ph.D.
CNA's Center for Strategic Studies publishes From Threat to Partner? A Regional Security Framework for Engaging Cuba by Robert Bach, Ralph Espach, Ph.D. and William Rosenau, Ph.D.April 17, 2017
CNA releases the sixth episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. CNA analyst and episode host Bill Rosenau, Ph.D. discusses Latin American security issues with Ralph Espach, Ph.D. and guest scholar Joseph S. Tulchin, Ph.D.
Conscription in the Afghan Army: Compulsory Service Versus An All-Volunteer Force (U)
Irksome and Unpopular Duties: Pakistan's Frontier Corps, Local Security Forces, and Counterinsurgency (U)
The Israeli Strategic Alert During the 1973 Yom Kippur War (U)
Independent Assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces (U)
The Integration of Female Marine Pilots and Naval Flight Officers, 1990-2000