Adam B. Mausner

Senior Associate (Non-resident), International Security Program
Associated Programs: International Security Program

Adam Mausner is senior associate with the International Security Program at CSIS, where he specializes in Stability Operations, (including the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria), with a focus on local security force development. He is currently on rotation at the U.S. Department of Defense as a policy adviser in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P), focused on Stability Operations and UN peacekeeping. Previously, Mausner spent three years at OSD-P as an Afghanistan country director, focused on the development of Afghan security forces, congressional affairs, detainee affairs, security metrics, women in the Afghan security forces, and legal and policy authorities. As a CSIS fellow, he has conducted research on European security, energy issues, security developments in the Middle East and China, and the U.S. defense budget. From 2007 to 2012, he was a fellow with the Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, where he coauthored a number of books, including Afghan National Security Forces: What It Will Take to Implement the ISAF Strategy (2010), Iraq and the United States: Creating a Strategic Partnership (2010), Withdrawal from Iraq: Assessing the Readiness of Iraqi Security Forces (2009), Winning in Afghanistan: Creating Effective Afghan Security Forces (2009), and Iraqi Force Development: Conditions for Success, Consequences of Failure (2007). His CSIS articles/reports include “The War in Afghanistan: A Race Against Time, Resources, and the Enemy,” “Iraq and US Strategy in the Gulf: Shaping US Plans after Withdrawal,” and “Reforming ANSF Metrics.” Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Center for Security Studies, researching cybersecurity issues and helping to create a database of international treaties. He also worked for Columbia International Affairs Online as acting executive editor. Mausner received a B.A. in political science from Vassar College and studied at the King’s College London War Studies Department in 2002. He received a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University in 2008.