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 current research focuses on security cooperation and security sector reform; European security and the NATO alliance; and humanitarian and stabilization 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 a former Secretary of Defense, whom she helped to develop and manage a new graduate-level course on leadership in national security. Her graduate thesis, completed for a member of Congress, analyzed the causes and consequences of civilian harm in U.S. security assistance relationships and was awarded the "Best Analysis of an Emerging Crisis" by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2018, she was a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Previously, she was a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where she conducted research on WMD nonproliferation. 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, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Kenneth I. Juster Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Best Analysis of an Emerging Crisis, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


  • Boys gather near a building damaged by a U.S. drone air strike targeting suspected al Qaeda militants in Shabwa, Yemen, February 3, 2013, photo by Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Reuters

    Trying to Forestall the Next Civilian Casualty Horror

    After civilians are injured or killed, the U.S. Defense Department isn't doing enough to learn from its own failures. The Pentagon needs to devote resources and senior leader attention to an issue that has historically lacked both. Civilian protection should become the singular priority for a critical mass of people across the organization.

    Feb 3, 2022 Foreign Policy

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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