Mary Habeck

Mary Habeck is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, she was an associate professor in strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she taught courses on military history and strategic thought. From 2008 to 2009, she was the special advisor for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. Before joining SAIS, Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale University’s history department.


Habeck was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served from 2006 to 2013.


In addition to books and articles on World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and al Qaeda, Habeck’s publications include “Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror” (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, “Attacking America: Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy” (Basic, 2015), “Managing Savagery: Al-Qa’ida’s Military and Political Strategies” (2016), and “Fighting the Enemy: The US and Its War against al-Qa’ida” (2017).


She received her Ph.D. in history and M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.A. in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State University.