Heather Hurlburt

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Ms. Heather Hurlburt is Director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America, exploring the intersection of international affairs policy and domestic political polarization and developing policy approaches that respond to those challenging conditions on topics from trade, climate and political violence to nuclear security and gender.

Expertise: National Security, US Foreign Policy



Recent work:


Trump’s North Korea Peace Drive Is OverIntelligencer, June 17, 2020

How the Coronavirus Sows Civil ConflictForeign Affairs, June 6, 2020

In the Silo – The Ploughshares Fund, June 2, 2020

Now Is Not The Time For Diversity Backsliding – Inkstick, May 4, 2020

The World Is Helping Americans Who Don’t Always See It – The New York Times, May 4, 2020

Will COVID-19 Redefine National Security? – TVO, April 29, 2020

Kim Jung Un’s Health Isn’t North Korea Biggest ProblemIntelligencer, April 28, 2020

Democracy Beyond COVID-19: The Politics of Crisis Policymaking – New America, April 27, 2020

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear-Based Politics – New America, April 23, 2020

Where Will the Coronavirus Take the United States? Trends in US Politics – Institut Montaigne, April 17, 2020

Four Date Trends in Gender, Diversity, and Security That You Should Know About – New America, March 30, 2020

The U.S. And China Should be Working Together Right Now. Instead, They’re at Each Other’s Throats – Intelligencer, March 20, 2020

This Is a Particular Bad Time for U.S.-Iran tensions to Flare – Intelligencer, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous Mix – Intelligencer, March 9, 2020

A Conversation with Heather Hurlburt on Political Polarization in the US – Voice of America, February 14, 2020

Trump’s Middle East Plan Is About Exerting Power, Not Achieving Peace – Intelligencer, January 28, 2020

Dick Cheney and Colin Powell: A contentious friendship and a world-defining debate – The Washington Post, January 17, 2020

Europe and America Must Redefine SecurityWashington Monthly, January 12, 2020

The Strategy Behind Trump’s Incoherent Iran Address – Intelligencer, January 8, 2020

Could Iran Punish Israel for an American Assassination – Intelligencer, January 7, 2020

U.S. killing of top Iranian general stokes worries over wider conflict – CBC Front Burner, January 6, 2020

The ‘Painful Consequences’ of Trump’s Soleimani Decision Are Already Here – Intelligencer, January 6, 2020

What Comes Next After the Killing of Qasem Soleimani – Intelligencer, January 3, 2020