Stephanie Sanok is a Senior Fellow at a highly-regarded bipartisan think tank. She currently focuses on a range of international security “seam” issues affecting defense, foreign affairs, and development with research topics including U.S. Government stabilization and reconstruction efforts, the nexus between security and economic development, transitions of post-conflict responsibilities, and U.S. military activities to partner with foreign nations. With more than 11 years of service in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, Stephanie is uniquely positioned to provide advice and guidance on a range of issues relating to strategic planning, defense industry and trade, and government relations.
From 2008-2009, Stephanie served at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, where she developed policy options for the U.S. government’s efforts – especially focused on interagency planning, strategic risk, reconstruction activities, and security assistance – to help create a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq. From 2005 to 2008, she served as a senior professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services (HASC), where she led a team on overarching defense policy topics, such as detention of enemy combatants, export controls and technology security, troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Pentagon’s role in foreign assistance and civil aspects of overseas operations. At the Pentagon from 1998 to 2005, Stephanie worked in the Secretary of Defense’s counter-proliferation, European, and NATO policy offices and, as a Presidential Management Fellow, completed rotations in the Secretary of Defense’s Policy, Comptroller, and Personnel / Readiness offices, in the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy directorate, and at the U.S. Mission to NATO and U.S. Embassy Sarajevo.
Stephanie received a Master of Public Policy degree with concentrations in international security policy and conflict resolution from Harvard University in 1998 and a B.S. degree (with honors) in communication and international relations from Cornell University.