M. L. deRaismes Combes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in International Relations at the School of International Service at American University in 2018. Her dissertation examined the role of 9/11 in formulating, propagating, and contesting U.S. remotely piloted aircraft policies and aviation security from September 2001 to January 2017. She received her AB in French and War & Peace Studies at Dartmouth College (Magna cum Laude) and later completed a dual bilingual Master’s program in Paris on International Relations and the Sociology of Conflict (with distinction).
Her research is interdisciplinary by nature and draws on the historical roots of identity and colonialism to better analyze contemporary U.S. foreign policy and international security, with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. She is currently working on several projects, including a book manuscript that examines the origins of counterinsurgency doctrine and its relation to contemporary U.S. practices in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq; a book chapter on Iran's use of proxy warfare; and a textbook chapter on U.S. foreign policy after 9/11. Past scholarship and policy work have covered homegrown terrorism, ISIS, the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Islamic world, ethnic and civil wars, irregular warfare, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of international relations.