How do we foster national and international security? What are the connections of cybersecurity and foreign policy to security for society?

From fighting cyber attacks, tackling terrorism to building international affairs, Sanford faculty are working to understand and prepare students for national security challenges of the 21st century. Graduates have secured jobs in key executive departments, such as defense, state, and homeland security, as well as in intelligence agencies and consulting firms.



Sanford faculty members offer an outstanding combination of academic and practical credentials in the world of foreign policy and national security, including professors of the practice with years of relevant experience in the Pentagon.

Related programs/courses

Public Policy Studies major

PhD in Public Policy

Research Center


Director David Schanzer

The mission of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) is to enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of partnerships between universities, industry and government. Founded in 2005, the TCTHS faculty conduct research, comment on current events and policy debates, and run executive education programs. The center sponsors multiple events each year providing an opportunity for students to interact with leading practitioners and scholars.


Research Feature

In this recent publication, faculty member Bruce Jentleson makes a case that an updated assessment of national security should focus on pandemics and climate change. COVID-19 has a death toll greater than four recent wars combined, while climate change has greater death tolls than terrorism.

Read Jentleson's report

Alumni Spotlight

Amy Kramer PPS’18 works in the Pentagon as part of the inaugural class of John McCain Strategic Defense Fellows. Learn about her work for the military in the series Why Public Policy Matters.

Watch Kramer's WPPM feature

Faculty Spotlight

Tim Nichols served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations and counterterrorism fields. His research interests and teaching responsibilities at Sanford include intelligence, interagency coordination, national security, homeland security, and counterterrorism policy.

Key Faculty: National Security & Foreign Policy

Take a look at core members of our faculty who focus on security policy.

Core Faculty

Diversity Spotlight

Sanford offers events throughout the year for the military community, including events around diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Major General Ron Clark spoke about the history and the challenges still faced by the U.S. Army on issue of race, diversity and inclusion during a virtual event hosted by American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy. Previously Clark was a Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School. His research project examined the reasons for the dearth of Black senior officers in the U.S. Army in the Infantry and Armor branches. 

Learn more about Gen. Clark's project

Related Podcasts

Policy 360

Anatomy of a Flawed Policy

Ways & Means

Secrets of Great Leadership

Security Policy News

Faculty in the News: Security Policy