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Johns Hopkins SAIS Expert Mara Karlin joins Congressionally-Mandated Syria Study Group

Mara Karlin, Acting Director of Strategic Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has been appointed as a member of the Syria Study Group (SSG). The U.S. Congress established the bipartisan SSG with the purpose of examining and making recommendations on U.S. military and diplomatic strategy toward the ongoing conflict in Syria.
“Eight years into the Syrian war—a conflict with overwhelming and profound regional and supra-regional implications—a bipartisan review of U.S. policy options is long overdue. I commend Congress for establishing the Syria Study Group and I am honored to serve on it.”
Karlin has served in national security roles for five U.S. Secretaries of Defense, advising on policies spanning strategic planning, defense budgeting, future wars, and regional affairs involving the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. In that role, her office crafted strategies for navigating the future of international security and guided policy and strategy guidance that shaped the Pentagon’s more than $550 billion budget.
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Monday, February 25, 2019
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