Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is Resident Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Senior Fellow at CNA, Founding Partner, Scarlet Oak Advisors, and a National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC.
She served from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, responsible for policy towards Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she was Senior Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the American Security Project.
Farkas was Executive Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism from 2008 to 2009. Starting in 2001, and for over seven years, she served as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee responsible for the Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere, Special Operations Command, stability operations, combatting terrorism, counternarcotics, homeland defense, and export control policy.
From 1997-2001 Farkas was a professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She served in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1996-1997 and was an election observer in Afghanistan in 2009. She has published numerous journal articles and opinion pieces and “Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s” (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2003, 2008). She speaks Hungarian and German, has studied French, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Hindi.
Dr. Farkas obtained her MA and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Franklin & Marshall College and Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar, and Harold Rosenthal Fellowship advisory boards. Moreover, she has received several Department of Defense and foreign awards as well as an honorary doctorate from Franklin & Marshall College.