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Karin Johnston

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Karin L. Johnston is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, the University of Maryland-College Park and an adjunct professorial lecturer at the School of International Studies, American University, in Washington, D.C.  Her research interests include international security and foreign policy decision-making analysis, U.S.-European relations, German foreign and security policy, migration policy, conflict analysis, and security sector stabilization.  

From 2017-2019, Johnston served as a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), focusing on conflict resolution, security sector development, and stabilization strategies.  She has worked in policy research institutes in Washington, D.C and has written on topics such as U.S.-German relations, German policy decision-making on out-of-area operations, international public opinion and the media, resilience and democracy, and conflict in fragile states.  Her current research includes projects on the securitization of Europe’s migration policy and security sector reform in multilateral peace and stability operations.  Johnston is Senior Fellow at Women In International Security (WIIS) and a Non-resident Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).  Fluent in German, Johnston was a Mercator Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen and a former fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

Areas of Interest
  • U.S.-European foreign and security policy, Germany; international security; peace and conflict studies; civil-military relations; securitization of migration policy