As we continue to provide outstanding insight into matters of national security, human rights, and civil liberties, Just Security is thrilled to announce the latest outstanding addition to our masthead: Luke Hartig (@LukeHartig) and Rachel Kleinfeld (@RachelKleinfeld).

A former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council (NSC), Luke is a fellow in New America’s International Security program. He is also executive director of National Journal’s Network Science Initiative, a research effort that maps policy influencers and the connections among them.

At NSC, he was responsible for advising White House leadership on counterterrorism matters and co-managing the NSC’s counterterrorism policy office. Prior to the NSC, Luke served as the deputy director for counterterrorism operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Luke has also served in various national security positions with the State Department, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Luke began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Luke holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in international relations from Boston University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Rachel Kleinfeld is a name familiar to plenty in national security circles. She is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focused on issues of conflict, governance, development and security. Her next book, coming out in 2018, investigates counties that successfully overcame extreme violence.

She served for a decade as the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, a movement of military, policy, and political leaders to promote policies that advance security, dignity, and human flourishing, for which Time Magazine named her one of the top U.S. political leaders under 40.  From 2011-2014 she served on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advised the Secretary of State quarterly.  Rachel is the author of multiple books and articles, including Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform, which Foreign Affairs magazine named one of the best foreign policy books of 2012. Her D. Phil is from Oxford, and her B.A. is from Yale, but her heart resides in her home in New Mexico and in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Luke and Rachel’s addition to our team will add yet another layer of deep expertise to our coverage of the most important topics in national security during the Trump administration. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them!