Alice Hunt Friend

Senior Fellow, International Security Program
Associated Programs: International Security Program

Alice Hunt Friend is a senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she focuses on civil-military relations and African security issues. Ms. Friend is also a doctoral student at American University’s School of International Service, where she focuses on civil-military relations and use-of-force decisionmaking. From 2012 to 2014, she was the principal director for African affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where she focused primarily on North and West African counterterrorism policy. She joined the Department of Defense in 2009 as special assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy and also served as the senior adviser to the deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces and as country director for Pakistan. She has held previous research positions at CSIS and the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., and has worked at the International Labor Organization in Geneva and with the Senegalese Association for Research, Study, and Aid to Development. Ms. Friend is the author of numerous opinion pieces and book chapters, a contributor to and editor of several reports, and she has appeared as a guest on C-SPAN and as a witness before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a master’s degree in international relations from American University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College. She speaks French and Spanish.

Contact Information
Email: afriend [at]
Tel: 202-775-3153