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Our Team

Peter Feaver


Founding Director

Peter Feaver is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Program in American Grand Strategy. He is also co-PI of the America in the World Consortium. Feaver is author of Thanks For Your Service: The Causes and Consequences of Public Confidence in the US Military (Oxford University Press, 2023), Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver served as Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

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Associate Director

Susan Colbourn is Associate Director of the Program in American Grand Strategy and Associate Research Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Colbourn manages the day-to-day operations of the program. A historian of post-1945 international relations, she specializes in the politics of European security, the role of nuclear weapons, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She is the author of Euromissiles: The Nuclear Weapons That Nearly Destroyed NATO (Cornell, 2022).

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Program Assistant

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AGS Fellow

Robert Miron is excited to join the AGS team this year as the inaugural AGS fellow. Robert is a recent alum of Duke University from Pepper Pike, Ohio who graduated in 2024 with a double major in Political Science and French and a minor in music. During his undergraduate studies, Robert worked as a research assistant for Andrew Kenealy studying Congressional press releases and completed a senior thesis entitled “Public Opinion and the War in Ukraine” under the direction of Professor Feaver. He has also worked as a summer legislative intern for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. Outside of AGS, Robert is a classically trained tenor and enjoys musical theater and golf. He hopes to pursue a career in foreign relations and is grateful for the opportunity to help AGS foster future national security policymakers from Duke.


Justine Robinson


AGS Graduate Fellow

Justine Robinson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Duke University whose interests include civil-military relations, conflict resolution, humanitarian intervention, international relations, and United States (U.S.) foreign policy and grand strategy. Robinson's dissertation is on how the U.S. military works to identify institutional issues in military professionalism and tribalism. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has also lived in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Robinson received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 2017 and then worked as a Program Associate in the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion department at the National Audubon Society’s Washington D.C. location. Robinson later earned a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in 2020. In her free time, Justine enjoys birding, watching “Oscar bait” films, and cheering for her Michigan sports teams.