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 security cooperation, European security and the NATO alliance, and civilian protection issues. 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. Her thesis on enhancing civilian protection in security assistance relationships was awarded the "Best Analysis of an Emerging Crisis" by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where she contributed to efforts to guide how security cooperation is applied, prioritized, and evaluated in support of the National Defense Strategy. Previously, 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.

Selected Publications

James Dobbins, Gabrielle Tarini, Ali Wyne, The Lost Generation in American Foreign Policy: How American Influence Has Declined, and What Can Be Done About It, RAND Corporation (PE-A232-1), 2020

J.D. Williams, Gene Germanovich, Stephen Webber, Gabrielle Tarini, Unlocking NATO's Amphibious Potential: Lessons from the Past, Insights for the Future, RAND Corporation (PE-A695-1), 2020

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


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    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