Dr. Naz Azizian is a national security professional working for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OSD) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Masters in Applied Intelligence Program where she instructs a graduate level course titled “Diplomacy, Defense, Intelligence.”
At OSD, Naz provides oversight to a multi-billion dollar portfolio of Military Intelligence Programs, Battlespace Awareness, Defense Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, counterintelligence, and security capabilities. At Georgetown, her course explores and analyzes salient national security challenges facing the United States, including the rise of China, Russia’s growing geopolitical ambitions, Iranian and North Korean nuclear ambitions, cyber as the “fifth domain” of international conflict, transnational terrorism, and the regional rivalry with Iran.
Dr. Azizian completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. Her research examined why the U.S. post-Cold War foreign policy has largely been unsuccessful in achieving U.S. objectives while engaged in regional conflicts of terrorism. Further, her research focused on improving U.S. foreign policy on the “war on terror” through a set of robust policy recommendations.
Dr. Azizian holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The George Washington University.