|Alma mater||Brandeis University|
|Known for||Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations|
Micah Zenko is an American political scientist. He is Whitehead Senior Fellow on the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House. He is author of two books.
Zenko worked at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2003 to 2008, first as a research assistant to Graham T. Allison from 2003 to 2006, and a research associate on the Project on Managing The Atom from 2006 to 2008. He also worked at the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Research Service, and United States Department of State's Office of Policy Planning. He was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations until 2017. He has published articles in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Business Insider.
Zenko has authored two books. His first book, Between Threats and War: U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World, was published in 2010. In a review for the Journal of Peace Research, Mark Naftalin criticized Zenko for leaving out an "analysis and contextualization of concepts, threats and legal and technological frameworks", adding that there was a "lack of rigorous detail in each of the author's policy recommendations." Zenko's second book, Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy, was published in 2015. A review in The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada wrote that "Zenko offers a compelling argument for forcing ourselves to think differently, which is ultimately the main purpose of a red team."