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Malou Innocent is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. She was a foreign policy analyst at Cato from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and her primary research interests include Middle East and Persian Gulf security issues and U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China. With Ted Galen Carpenter, she is the author of Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes (Cato Institute, 2015).

She has appeared as a guest analyst on CNN, BBC News, Fox News Channel, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, CNBC Asia, and Reuters. Innocent has published reviews and articles on national security and international affairs in journals such as Survival, Congressional Quarterly, and Harvard International Review. She has also written for Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal Asia, Christian Science Monitor, Armed Forces Journal, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Washington Times, and other outlets both in the United States and overseas. She earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Killing with Kindness: How Foreign Aid Backfires

U.S. News & World Report (Online). June 10, 2013.

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The Sorry State of Veterans’ Health Care

U.S. News & World Report (Online). April 4, 2013.

Cato Studies

Escaping the “Graveyard of Empires”: A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan

White Paper. September 14, 2009.

Pakistan and the Future of U.S. Policy

Policy Analysis No. 636. April 13, 2009.


Should America Liberate Afghanistan’s Women?

Survival. Vol. 53. No. 5. October 2011.

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Ipris Digest. Vol. 2. No. 99. April 28, 2011.

Pakistan: Washington’s Blind Spot in Afghanistan

Foreign Service Journal. Vol. 87. No. 9. September 2010.