Gabrielle Tarini

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Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.P. in international and global affairs, Harvard University; B.A. in international studies, Boston College


Gabrielle Tarini is a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include NATO, Russia, and the transatlantic relationship; nuclear weapons and strategic stability; and security cooperation. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received her Master’s in Public Policy. At the Kennedy School, she was a teaching assistant for former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, whom she helped to develop and manage a new graduate-level course on leadership in national security. She also worked as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she contributed to a report presented at the 2019 Munich Security Conference on the future of the NATO alliance. Her thesis – "Partnering to Protect: Reforming US Security Assistance to Reduce Civilian Harm" – was completed for a Member of Congress and awarded the “Best Analysis of an Unfolding Crisis.” Last summer, she was a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy/Security Cooperation. Prior to the Kennedy School, she was a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where she conducted a monitoring and evaluation study of the State Department’s Cooperative Threat Reduction program. She received her BA in International Studies from Boston College.

Honors & Awards

  • Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations
  • Kenneth I. Juster Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Best Analysis of an Emerging Crisis, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


  • USA flag over NYC skyline, photo by franckreporter/Getty Images

    The Lost Generation in American Foreign Policy

    Throughout the 55 years following World War II, successive U.S. administrations racked up major foreign policy successes at an average rate of about once a year. Since 2001, the pace of foreign policy achievement has fallen to once every four years. The result has been a lost generation in American foreign policy.

    Sep 15, 2020 The Hill