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Charles A. Stevenson

Charles A. Stevenson

Adjunct Lecturer


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

Jan. 6 riot weakened Congress’ soft power abroad, experts say.

Charles Stevenson quoted in Roll Call, 02/09

Biden needs to fill the leadership gaps on day one.

Charles Stevenson wrote in The Hill, 01/15

How to turn General Austin into Secretary Austin.

Charles Stevenson wrote in Defense One, 12/14

Jump-starting the Biden administration

Charles Stevenson wrote in The Hill, 11/11

Does the federal health information privacy law protect President Trump?

Charles Stevenson quoted in Kaiser Health News, 10/7

Trump's 'America First' agenda shapes GOP foreign policy.

Charles Stevenson quoted on Voice of America, 8/25

Will Trump ‘Wag the Dog’ to win reelection?

Charles Stevenson wrote in Defense One, 7/29

How the NDAA helps militarize American foreign policy.

Charles Stevenson wrote in The National Interest, 7/27

The NDAA shouldn't be the vehicle for national security changes.

Charles Stevenson wrote in The Hill, 7/22

Obtuse Engel

Charles Stevenson quoted in Slate, 6/24