Lionel Beehner, Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Director of Research of West Point's Modern War Institute. He teaches courses on military innovation and research methods. His research and writing focuses on conflict, non-state actors, and the use of force. He is formerly the founding editor of Cicero Magazine and is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors. He was a 2010 Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and has published articles in the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Guardian Online, Baltimore Sun, Slate, Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Russia Journal, Kiev Post, Small Wars Journal, McSweeneys, New York Magazine, and Worth Magazine. His commentary has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, CNN International, BBC Radio, CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CBC, Bloomberg TV, and Voice of America, as well as in publications like the New York Times Magazine, Washington Times, Newsweek International, Weekly Standard, and San Francisco Chronicle. He has reported from over a dozen conflict and post-conflict zones, including Bosnia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka. He was the 2006 recipient of a German Marshall Fund journalism fellowship for a research project on post-Soviet youth movements in Ukraine and Belarus. He holds a doctorate from Yale University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.