Casey Mahoney is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellow with the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on international security issues including alliance politics, emerging military technology and strategy, and the interaction of domestic and international security institutions. For the 2021-22 academic year, he will participate in the U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholars Fellowship program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative.
Prior to coming to Penn, Casey served as a Nunn-Lugar Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense. At the Pentagon, he contributed to the Department’s counter-ISIL team as the Jordan Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) from 2015 to 2017, and he supported WMD nonproliferation efforts as a Cooperative Threat Reduction program oversight advisor for the Asia-Pacific region from 2013 to 2015. Casey has also held research positions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. His work has appeared in War on the Rocks, the Washington Post "Monkey Cage" blog, and Orbis and has received funding from the Smith Richardson Foundation. Casey holds an M.A. in nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A., in Russian from Middlebury College.