Marianna Yamamoto

Research Associate

Marianna Yamamoto is a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Her research interests focus on terrorism, OSCE security principles, and military leadership and staff support.

Her work on terrorism includes an in-depth study, Terrorism Against Democracy, based in part on Admiral Stansfield Turner’s course, “Terrorism & Democracy,” which he taught from 2002–2006 in response to the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2001. From the study she developed a basic explanation of terrorism.

Her OSCE studies include the application of OSCE principles to security problems. A particular focus is the security effect of OSCE principles that address democracy and respect for individual rights. Her study, OSCE Principles in Practice, traces the application of OSCE principles to three case studies in conflict prevention (Estonia, Macedonia, and Ukraine). The Ukraine study focused on separatism in Crimea, and how the first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Max van der Stoel, helped to maintain the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Her research on military leadership and staff support includes “quotebooks” of thoughts and experience of military leaders at all levels. The books include quotebooks from five Army Chiefs of Staff, the first ten Sergeants Major of the Army, and noncommissioned officers throughout history. View these publications.

Dr. Yamamoto has served as a Visiting Professor at Towson University, and as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Land Warfare at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). In 1995, she completed a career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Yamamoto received a Ph.D. in Policy Studies (International Security and Economic Policy) from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.