Hannah Jane Byrne

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Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Johns Hopkins University


Hannah Byrne is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. She is a graduate of Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, where she concentrated in terrorism and sub-state violence. Byrne received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in political science, with a focus on military science. Her academic interests span from counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, to asymmetric warfare and weapons of mass destruction, to feminist international relations theory. In 2017, she traveled to St. Andrews, Scotland to study terrorism, and then traveled to Belfast, Ireland to interview former Irish Republican Army, unionist militia, and British military soldiers about their experiences in "The Troubles." She also received a research grant to travel to Colombia to study the effects of the Colombian government’s 2016 peace deal with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), where she interviewed former FARC combatants in demobilization camps. She has worked at several DC think tanks on a variety of topics including the War in Afghanistan, insurgency, terrorism, and jihadism. 

Honors & Awards

  • Security Studies Merit Scholarship, Georgetown University
  • Isabel S.F. and Hadley K. Turner Scholarship for excellence in the field of political science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Samuel and Elise Heilfrich Scholarship for excellent independent research, Johns Hopkins University


Spanish; Urdu/ Hindi