Sabonis-Helf, Dr. Theresa

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College

Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf is a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington DC, where she has taught since 2001.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program.  She is a member of the NATO Defence College’s Academic Advisory Board.  She has served on Admiral James Stavridis’ EUCOM Advisory Panel, and was Energy and Environment Policy Advisor for projects based in Central Asia managed by the Harvard Institute for International Development. She has also worked as a Visiting Fellow at the US Agency for International Development; and as a Policy Analyst for think tanks in the United States and Russia.  She has lived and worked in seven countries of the former USSR, has assisted two nations with the development of their first National Security Strategies, and has co-edited a volume on Central Asia’s political and economic transition.  She has also published and lectured extensively on climate change policies, post-Soviet energy and environmental issues, regional and international energy trade, and the politics of electricity.  

FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Energy Security/Energy Policy; Environment/Climate Policy, International Political Economy 

REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Central Asia & the Caucasus