Audrey Kurth Cronin is Distinguished Professor of International Security and Founding Director of the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC. Cronin’s career has combined academic positions and government service. She was director of the core course on War and Statecraft at the US National War College, where she also led or co-led field studies in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and Colombia. She came to the war college from Oxford University (UK), where she was Academic Director of Studies for the Oxford/Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War. Before that, she was Specialist in Terrorism at the US Congressional Research Service, responsible for advising Members of Congress and their staffs. She has also served in the US executive branch, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Cronin is widely published on innovation, technology and nonstate actors. Her best-known book is How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (Princeton University Press). In 2017, The New Yorker called it a “landmark study.” Her latest book, Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists (Oxford University Press, 2020), analyzes the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies. It was short-listed for the Lionel Gelber prize and won the 2020 Neave international prize for “the most significant, original, relevant, and practically valuable contribution to the understanding of terrorism.”