Carnegie Mellon University

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy


Colin P. Clarke is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where his research focuses on insurgency/counterinsurgency, unconventional/irregular/asymmetric warfare (including cyber) and a range of other national and international security issues and challenges. From a methodological standpoint, he is interested in measurement, assessment, and evaluation, from tactical to strategic. At the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, he is an affiliated scholar with research interests related to transnational terrorism and violent non-state actors. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches courses on international organized crime and threat finance. At Carnegie Mellon University, Clarke teaches contemporary comparative political systems and diplomacy and statecraft (with a focus on U.S. foreign and security policy and American grand strategy). In 2011, he spent three months embedded with Combined Joint Inter-agency Task Force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan, working on anti-corruption efforts and analyzing the nexus between terrorists, drug traffickers, and a range of political and economic power brokers. CJIATF Shafafiyat was commanded by Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Clarke recently completed Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare, published in 2015 by Praeger Security International.

Clarke received his Ph.D. in international security policy from the University of Pittsburgh.