Former Director, Climate and Energy Security
Expertise: International Security, US National Security Policy, US-China Relations, Afghanistan, Climate Security
Alexandra Hackbarth is the former Director of Climate and Energy Security at the American Security Project. Her research examines the national security implications of climate change.
From 2017 to 2019, Alexandra served as the Special Advisor for Forward Operations in the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Before her posting in Kabul, Alexandra was the Senate Congressional Liaison in SIGAR’s Washington, D.C. office.
Alexandra received master’s degrees in public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where she studied the economic and political relationship between the U.S. and China. In the fall of 2014, Alexandra studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Her coursework focused on China’s political, economic, and governmental structures, as well as Chinese history and culture. She was also a Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow and a Harold Rosenthal Fellow for International Relations.
She was a Rosenthal Fellow in the Office of Stability and Humanitarian Affairs at the Pentagon. During her fellowship, Alexandra drafted a decision memo for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in support of a UN Peacekeeping Operation. She also authored a white paper for the National Security Council on the Defense Department’s equities for UN peacekeeping missions.
Alexandra has an advanced degree from the Air Command and Staff College, an academic course designed to teach field grade officers the skills necessary for operations in support of a joint campaign, as well as leadership and command in the military and government.
Before graduate school, Alexandra was a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. Her portfolio included natural resource, energy, agricultural, and transportation policy.