Rosa Brooks

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Rosa Brooks is an American law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. A journalist, author and foreign policy expert, she is the author of the 2016 book How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was selected by the Military Times as one of the ten best books of the year. The book was also shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Arthur Ross Book Award. Brooks is also an adjunct scholar at West Point's Modern War Institute and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

From April 2009 to July 2011, Brooks served as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. She received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for her work.

Rosa Brooks speaking in Halifax in 2016

Brooks is a frequent commentator on politics and foreign policy. She served for years as a columnist and contributing editor for Foreign Policy and as a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

At Georgetown Law, Brooks is a founder of Georgetown Law's Program on Innovative Policing, which in 2016 launched the Police for Tomorrow Fellowship Program with Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department. She is also a founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.


Brooks' work history has included previous government service as a senior adviser to Assistant Secretary Harold Hongju Koh at the U.S. Department of State. She has also taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, and worked as Special Counsel to the President at the Open Society Institute, George Soros' philanthropic foundation. She is the former director of Yale Law School's human rights program. She has also been a consultant for Human Rights Watch, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, a board member of Amnesty International USA and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She served on the board of the Open Society Foundation's US Programs Fund and currently serves on the board of the Harper's Magazine Foundation, the Advisory Committee of National Security Action and the Steering Committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.


Brooks' scholarly work has focused mostly on national security, terrorism and rule of law issues, international law, human rights, law of war, and failed states. Along with Jane Stromseth and David Wippman, Brooks coauthored Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions[1] (2006). Brooks is also the author of numerous scholarly articles published in law reviews.[2][3][4] Brooks' most recent book is How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.

Political commentary[edit]

In addition to her columns for the Los Angeles Times and Foreign Policy, Brooks was a founder of Foreign Policy's weekly podcast, The E.R.,[5] and now a member of the Deep State Radio podcast team. She has been a frequent guest and panelist on MSNBC, Fox, CNN and NPR.[6][7] Brooks wrote an essay "3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020; Why you need to read the 25th Amendment now" for Foreign Policy magazine's website on 30 Jan 2017, where she discussed theoretical ways to remove Trump before the 2020 election, among them a scenario involving a military coup. In this same article she wrote "If impeachment seems like a fine solution to you, the good news is that Congress doesn’t need evidence of actual treason or murder to move forward with an impeachment: Practically anything can be considered a “high crime or misdemeanor.”"


In 1991 Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.[8] While an undergraduate at Harvard, Brooks served as president of the Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard's undergraduate public service organization. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University (Christ Church).[8] In 1996 she received a J.D. from Yale Law School.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Brooks is the daughter of best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) and author and psychologist John Ehrenreich. Brooks has two children and is married to LTC Joseph Mouer[10], a now-retired Army Special Forces officer. She is divorced from Peter Brooks. She is also a reserve police officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.


  • How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, Simon and Schuster, 2016, ISBN 9781476777863[11][12]
  • Rosa Brooks, Jane Stromseth, David Wippman, Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 0521678013[13][14]
  • A Garden of Paper Flowers: An American at Oxford, Picador, 1994, ISBN 9780330327947 (under the name Rosa Ehrenreich; later articles are credited to Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks)


  1. ^ "Can Might Make Rights? - Cambridge University Press".
  2. ^ "Rosa Brooks - We the People's Executive".
  3. ^ "Rosa Brooks - The Politics of the Geneva Conventions".
  4. ^ "Rosa Brooks - War Everywhere".
  5. ^ "FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Rosa Brooks". Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ "News Hounds: Liberal Lady Lawyer Runs Rings Around Bill O'Reilly on Subject of GITMO Detainees".
  8. ^ a b c "Profile Rosa Brooks".
  9. ^ "Rosa Brooks - About Rosa Brooks".
  10. ^ Helaine Olen (10 August 2012). "The Smaller, Cheaper, Just-for-Us Wedding". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  11. ^ Senior, Jennifer (2016-08-01). "Review: 'How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-05. At its finest, "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything" is a dynamic work of reportage, punctuated by savory details like this one. But Ms. Brooks has a larger ambition: She wants to explore exactly what happens to a society when the customary distinctions between war and peace melt away.
  12. ^ How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, Simon & Schuster
  13. ^ "Can Might Make Rights? - Cambridge University Press". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  14. ^ "Can Might Make Rights? - Cambridge University Press". Retrieved 2016-08-05.

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