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Mr. Bradley Potter

Stanton Visiting Scientist

Department of Political Science

Bradley Potter
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A. Bradley Potter is a Ph.D. candidate in the Strategic Studies Department of Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Stanton Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies. His expertise centers on international security and strategic studies. Mr. Potter's teaching and research interests include grand strategy, wartime decision-making, the use of history in policymaking, nuclear strategy and policy, and war termination. His dissertation examines the role of historically-informed ideas in influencing American approaches to terminating military interventions between Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Between 2017 and 2019, Mr. Potter was a predoctoral research fellow in the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Prior to that, he was a George Abernethy Fellow at the Bologna, Italy campus of Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. His work has also been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, Tobin Project, and Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Up to and during his first years in graduate school, Mr. Potter supported the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and other federal departments and agencies through his work at the non-profit Oak Ridge Associated Universities for over seven years. He holds an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and a B.S. in international relations (with honors) and physics from the College of William and Mary. His work may be found in the Texas National Security Review, War on the Rocks, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, among other publications.


PhD (International Relations), Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), ABD

MA (International Relations), Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 2012

BS (International Relations & Physics), College of William and Mary, 2008

Professional Experience

RAND Corporation

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Honors & Awards

Hans J. Morgenthau Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2020 – 2021

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, 2019 – 2020

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Sciences and International Affairs, Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, 2017 – 2019

Tobin Project Graduate Student Fellowship, 2018

World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, Smith Richardson Foundation, 2017 – 2018

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship, 2016 – 2017

Abernethy Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University SAIS – Europe, 2016 – 2017

Certificate of Dedicated Service, Office of Sciences and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, 2010

Benjamin Stoddard Ewell Award, College of William and Mary, 2008

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 2004

Research and Scholarly Interests

International Security; Strategic Studies; U.S. Grand Strategy; Wartime Decision-making; Nuclear Strategy and Policy; War Termination


Peer-Reviewed Publications

“When Do Leaders Change Course? Theories of Success and the American Withdrawal from Beirut, 1983-1984,” with Alexandra Evans, Texas National Security Review, 2, no. 2 (February 2019): 10 – 38. Available Here 

“A Sustainable Training Strategy for Improving Healthcare Following a Catastrophic Radiological or Nuclear Incident,” with Daniel J. Blumenthal et al., Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 29, no. 1 (2014): 80 – 86. Available Here

Book Chapter

“Restless Strategy: Alfred Gray’s Philosophy of Warfighting,” with Thomas G. Mahnken, in The Legacy of American Naval Power: Reinvigorating Maritime Strategic Thought, An Anthology, ed. Paul Westermeyer, (Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Press, 2019), 216 – 255. Available Here

Commentary and Other Publications

“How Might a War with North Korea End?” Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 14, 2017. Available Here 
“The Center Cannot Hold: Continuity and Change in Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy,” with James Benkowski, War on the Rocks, November 1, 2017. Available Here 
“Thinking about a Policy-Oriented PhD in International Relations?” with Nathaniel Allen and Torrey Taussig, War on the Rocks, October 5, 2017. Available Here 
“History’s Guide to Contested Liberalism,” War on the Rocks, March 22, 2017. Available Here 
“Lessons on History and Statecraft from a Rocky Mountain Seminar,” with Lauren Dickey et al., War on the Rocks, August 9, 2016.  Available Here 
“From the Halls of Power to the Ivory Tower: Recasting Relevance in International Relations,” Foreign Policy Institute Blog, June 2016. Available Here 
“It’s All About the Data: Responding to International Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Incidents,” with Julie Bentz and Daniel Blumenthal, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists70, no. 4 (July – August 2014): 57 – 68. Available Here