Bailey Cahall

Bailey Cahall was a policy analyst with the international security Program at the New America Foundation. She provided research, analysis, and programmatic support on a range of topics related to terrorism, counterinsurgency, South Asian geopolitics, and other national security concerns. She was also a content manager for Foreign Policy magazine’s AfPak Channel, a premier clearinghouse of news and analysis from and about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and issues of transnational terrorism.


Prior to joining the New America Foundation in 2013, Ms. Cahall was a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., a global strategy and technology consulting firm, where she provided expertise in project management, strategic planning, and technical writing and editing to several domestic security clients. She also worked as a research assistant at the National Defense University, first at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy) and then at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, where she focused on the intersection of gender, technology, and warfare, particularly concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.


Ms. Cahall graduated magna cum laude, as a University Honors Scholar, from West Virginia University with a B.A. in history. She also holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Report: Lone Wolf Terrorism

In January 2015, the New American Foundation conducted a study that concluded that NSA telephonic collection efforts were only useful in app


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
The Last Defenders of the NSA

To sum up, Fleitz’s national-security claim is unsubstantiated while skeptics of Section 215 are on solid ground. As Peter Bergen put it in


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Uruguay just took 6 Guantanamo detainees. Who will take the rest?

“While the transfer to Uruguay may prompt some other South American countries to take in released Guantanamo detainees, it really is too dif


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Steve Coll's 'Unblinking Stare' highlights contradictions in U.S. drone campaign

Officials at the CIA, which operates the unmanned platforms, still argue that the agency is well aware of the laws of armed conflict and fol


2014 Jihadist Terrorism and Other Unconventional Threats

While the core al-Qaeda group that struck the United States on 9/11 has been decimated in recent years, its affiliates and associated groups


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Return of the Drones?

The hiatus was the longest pause in the controversial CIA program since 2006, and the drones' sudden return begs the questions: Why now? And


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
What's at stake in war against girls' kidnappers?

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, a militant Islamist organization, released a video on Monday claiming responsibility for kidnappi


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Will the U.S. negotiate with terrorists?

The U.S. government's long-stated position is that it won't negotiate with terrorists. But are there exceptions?


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Do NSA's Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s