Blaire Harms - Institute for Security Governance
Faculty, Peace & Security Division
Ms. Blaire Harms is currently a Faculty Associate in the Peace & Security (P&S) Division of the Institute for Security Governance (ISG) where she develops and executes workshops on civil-military issues related to religious and ethnic violence, reintegration of ex-combatants, women's integration and roles in defense and security decision-making, and countering violent extremists.
Prior to moving to Monterey in 2014, she worked as the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) Liaison to US Army Pacific in the G357 Exercise Division planning and executing mil-to-mil exercises across the Indo-Pacific region with emphasis on Japan, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Mongolia.
Ms. Harms retired from the Army in 2012 after a 21-year career in the US Army Military Intelligence Corps and as a Strategic Plans and Policy officer. Her previous assignments include multinational military training and exercise planning for US Army Pacific, teaching Political Science and Comparative Politics at the US Military Academy at West Point, and postings to the US Army Special Operations Command, the 82d Airborne Division, and the 2d Infantry Division in South Korea.
She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Chico with a BA in International Relations and received a MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. Her dissertation work focused on the role of religious elites in democratizing societies. She has a son who is a US Army Infantry Lieutenant currently at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; and a daughter who is starting a program in Psychology at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Civil-Military Relations
- Disarmament, Demobilization, & Reintegration
- Combating Terrorism & Violent Extremism
- Partner PME Faculty & Curriculum Development