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Patricia DeGennaro

Senior Fellow

Areas of Specialization:

US Foreign Policy, International Security, Civil Military Affairs, Military Policy, Wartime and Post-Conflict Transition

Regions of Specialization:

Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, South Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India), Balkans


World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Patricia (Tricia) DeGennaro is an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s Department of Politics where she teaches a course on international security.

DeGennaro capitalizes on over fifteen years of experience in a writer, independent analyst and consultant in international relations and economic development. She recently returned from Iraq where she studied first hand the current military transition to civil authority. She has also spent much of the last five years working in Afghanistan on provincial governance and capacity building, parliamentary reform, public policy development in the Office of the President of Afghanistan and joint interagency, intergovernmental and multinational coordination.

During her tenure, she has consulted with the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Center for Intelligence, Asia Foundation, Director of National Intelligence Office, Department of Homeland Security, The Conference Board, Fred Friendly Seminars, World Bank, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee chaired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and several organizations that support the Middle East Peace Process. She also spent four years in Albania, initially as a Small and Medium Enterprise Consultant with the Peace Corps followed by a contract with the US Agency for International Development on Agra-business development. Regionally, DeGennaro continues to focus on the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia where she travels often.

She was recently chosen by The Women’s Media Center (WMC) as one of 33 participants in the Progressive Women’s Voices program which provides training and connects media professionals with smart, media-savvy women experts.

DeGennaro has published several articles on US foreign policy and national security topics. Her goal is to encourage a holistic and integrated international policy that looks beyond war and the use of force. She is a frequently called upon expert commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC and various nationally and internationally syndicated radio programs. DeGennaro is also a regular columnist on the Huffington Post.

DeGennaro holds an MBA in International Trade and Finance from George Washington University and an MPA in International Security and Conflict Resolution from Harvard University.


MBA, George Wshington University

MPA, Harvard University


Albanian (Fluent)

Arabic, Dari, French, Italian, Spanish (Knowledge of)


Twitter: @tricias_take


Selected Articles and Appearences
Obama's Speech in Cairo: A New Era of Engagement,” Talking Points Memo, June 4, 2009.
PATRICIA DEGENNARO discussed how appropriate Judge Sonia Sotomayor is for the Supreme Court with Lorna Owens, And the Women Gather, May 29, 2009.
PATRICIA DEGENNARO was a guest speaker on “Career Paths for Women in National Security”, Women in International Security, May 19, 2009.
PATRICIA DEGENNARO was interviewed on Chicago Talks about the Law on Women in Afghanistan, May 14, 2009.
Afghanistan: Casualties of War - Is it worth it?”, Huffington Post, May 12, 2009.
Lectures 2007-2008:
International Security Strategies: Case study of Afghanistan, United States Military Academy, New York
The War in Iraq and the Future of American Foreign Policy, Multinational Institute of American Studies and the Fulbright Institute on the Civilization of the United States, New York University
Small Arms Control: Obstacles to Attaining Effective Policy, The NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and Global Action to Prevent War, New York
Re-Imagining American Foreign Policy, Rutgers University
In Progress-2008:
Bridging the Military and Development Divide, (forthcoming)
Creating Democratic Value: Evaluating Efforts to Promote Democracy Abroad: Case Study:  Dimension of Democracy in Afghanistan: Strengthening the Legislature,Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Costa Rica Case Study: Abandoning the Military Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Publication date October 2007)
Research Areas 2001-2007:
Effects of Military Occupation: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza
Considerations for US Military Intervention in Foreign Policy
Managing Civil Military Relations in War and Conflict Zone


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