Tara Maller

Research Fellow, International Security Program

Tara Maller is a research fellow in the International Security Program at New America. She also currently serves as Spokesperson and Senior Policy Advisor for the Counter Extremism Project. She writes and speaks on areas related to sanctions, diplomacy, intelligence, cybersecurity, terrorism, Iraq, women in security & national service. Previously, she worked at BrightWire Inc. in New York, where she served as the managing editor and managing director of Operations, Americas. During her time at BrightWire, her primary responsibility was managing the media analyst team and providing editorial direction with regard to a wide range of global economic and political topics. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in political science at MIT, where her dissertation focused on information collection, diplomacy and sanctions. During this time, she was an affiliate of MIT’s Security Studies Program and she served as research fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Previously, Maller worked as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on the Iraq insurgency. During college, she interned in the DC Senate office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has published articles in The Washington Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and PS: Political Science and Politics. She has recently published articles with ForeignPolicy.com, CNN.com, BlogsofWar.com, Bloomberg View, Al Jazeera America, Vox Media & The Huffington Post. Tara has appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America and HuffPost Live. Tara is also currently a fellow with the Truman National Security Project and the Millennial Action Network. She graduated with a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and received a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago.

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Search intensifies for female accomplice in Paris attacks

Tara Maller shares her insights


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Tracking the Sony cyber attack

The New America Foundation's Tara Maller discusses if the skepticism that North Korea was behind the Sony hack is misplaced.


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'The Interview' grosses more than $1 million on Christmas

After being released on YouTube, Google Play and other streaming services Thursday, Sony is reporting that “The Interview” grossed more than


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US weighs options for response to North Korea

President Obama has promised a proportionate response to North Korea after the Sony cyber attack. New America Foundation's Tara Maller, Glob


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Seven unlikely events in the fight against Islamic State, and their likely outcomes

When assessing events on the ground — particularly in dynamic situations like Iraq and Syria — it is devilishly difficult to determine if an


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In West, ISIS Finds Women Eager to Enlist

In an article in Foreign Policy, Aki Peritz and Tara Maller wrote that male jihadists were “committing horrific sexual violence on a seeming


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Assessing Terrorism Threats

Tara Maller & Buck Sexton with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File talking assessing terrorism threats.


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ISIS Sexual Violence

RE: ISIS sexual violence piece written for Foreign Policy.


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The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyo


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Will Americans Accept Obama's Islamic State Plan?

New America Foundation's Tara Maller and Bloomberg's Al Hunt and Romesh Ratnesar discuss President Barack Obama's speech about the U.S. figh


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What the U.S. can realistically do in Iraq | CNN

Over the past few days, politicians and experts have been debating the merits of the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq — or whether th


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Is Perpetual War Now A Part Of The U.S. Psyche? | Huffington Post

How has the collective American psyche shifted since the 9/11 attack? HuffPost Live's "Always At War" series looks into the evolution of U.S