Austin Long


Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

International Affairs Building, Room 1329

Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation, and the political economy of national security.

Long previously worked as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation where he authored reports for the Carnegie Corporation, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  While at RAND, he was an analyst and adviser to Multinational Force Iraq’s Task Force 134/Detention Operations and the I Marine Expeditionary Force (2007-2008).  In 2011 he was an analyst and adviser to Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command Afghanistan.  Long has also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, and International Crisis Group.

Long received his B.S. from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Selected Publications

With Joshua Rovner, "Dominoes on the Durand Line? Overcoming Strategic Myths in Afghanistan and Pakistan" (Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2011).

"The Quiet Americans? CIA, NSA, and Counterinsurgency: A Review Essay," Journal of Cold War Studies (Summer 2011).

Review of James Russell, Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007 , The Middle East Journal, (Summer 2011).

On “Other War”: Lessons from Five Decades of RAND Counterinsurgency Research (RAND, 2006).

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