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Charles A. Stevenson

Acting Associate Director of the American Foreign Policy Program


Dr. Charles A. Stevenson teaches courses in American foreign policy at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was a longtime professor at the National War College, where he was director of the core course on the interagency process for national security policy. He has executive branch experience, including service on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and served for 22 years as a Senate staffer on defense and foreign policy. He is the author of a study of the congressional role in major military operations, Congress at War; a historical survey of U.S. civil-military relations, Warriors and Politicians; and a comparative analysis of U.S. Secretaries of Defense, SecDef. His latest book is America’s Foreign Policy Toolkit: Key Institutions and Processes. He was a member of the Project on National Security Reform and headed its working group on Congress. He has an AB and PhD from Harvard.



  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security
  • East-West Relations
  • Civil-Military Relations

More from Professor Stevenson

In the News

The president's 19 wars.

Charles Stevenson quoted in Axios Sneak Peek, 12/15

A Congress (not?) at war.

Charles Stevenson interviewed on UC3P Thank You For Your Service podcast, 4/16