Ottawa T. Sanders, Ph.D.

Fellow National Security Affairs
Ottawa T. Sanders faculty photo


Professor Ottawa Sanders is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. She teaches foreign policy analysis in both the Theater Security Decision Making and National Security Decision Making courses. Professor Sanders’ research includes deterrence, nonproliferation, nuclear weapons, East Asia and artificial intelligence. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Contact Information

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • National Security
  • Nuclear

Professional Highlights


Post-doctoral Fellow, National Security Affairs

Teaching and research fellowship

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Research fellowship

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Brookings Institution

Research fellowship

PhD, Indiana University

Dissertation: Existential Threats and the Militarization of Minor Powers: Why Leaders Choose to Pursue and Acquire Nuclear Weapons and Why Some Give Them Up Whereas Others Do No


Ph.D., Indiana University

M.A. Binghamton University

M.A. University of Birmingham

B.A. University of Michigan

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