Vanda Felbab-Brown

Vanda Felbab-Brown
  • Fellow, Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative
    Brookings Institution

BA, Harvard University; PhD in Political Science, MIT. Expert on illicit economies and international and internal conflicts and their management, including counterinsurgency; focuses particularly on South Asia, Burma, the Andean region, Mexico and Somalia. Fellow: Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution; 21st Century Defense Initiative; Latin America Initiative. Author of numerous policy reports, academic articles and opinion pieces, including: Deterring Nuclear and Radiological Attacks by Terrorist Groups (forthcoming); Calderón's Caldron: Lessons from Mexico's Battle Against Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Michoacán (2011); Afghanistan Ten Years after 9/11: Counterterrorism Accomplishments while a Civil War Is Lurking? (2011); Not as Easy as Falling off a Log: The Illegal Timber Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region and Possible Mitigation Strategies (2011); The Disappearing Act: The Illicit Trade in Wildlife in Asia (2011); Shooting Up: Counterinsurgency and the War on Drugs (2009). Frequent commentator in US and international media; provides congressional testimony.