Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College, where she also serves as director of the school’s Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. While researching U.S. involvement in the Balkans, she noticed a greatly increased presence of private security companies there. Stanger soon realized the degree to which not only U.S. security, but also diplomacy, development and defense have been outsourced. She believes that the current level of unchecked outsourcing decreases accountability for government spending and results in a lost sense of government’s purpose. Stanger argues that with private companies executing foreign policy abroad, American influence is really beyond the scope of public view.
Stanger has taught at Middlebury College for 17 years. She is the author of “Empire of the Willing: The Privatization of American Power” (2009) and co-editor and co-translator, with Michael Kraus, of “Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution” (2000; foreword by Václav Havel). She received her doctorate in political science from Harvard University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
February 27, 2012 CNN "Stanger The U.S. should never be burning books"
October 26, 2011 CNN "Stanger: Why big versus small government misses the point"
March 2, 2011 The Daily Show Wartime Contracting
Feb 24, 2011 NPR "Foreign Policy: How To Hire A Mercenary"
Feb 4, 2011 Marketplace "New Small Business Administration rules help women"
Sept 20, 2010 The Bellingham Herald "Border Patrol Awards Contract to Former Officials"
July 6, 2010 The Huffington Post "Inherent or Non-Inherent: That is the Question"
May 18, 2008 The Washington Post "Your Tax Dollars at Work If You Can't Find Them"
Oct 26, 2007 NPR "Private Contracting Industry Set Regulation"
Oct 5, 2007 The New York Times "Foreign Policy Privatized"
July 5, 2005 Boston Globe "Teaching Understanding Donor Pays Fees for Almost 700 Foreign Students."