​Erica D. Borghard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Executive Director of the Grand Strategy Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Borghard received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Friends with Benefits? Power and Influence in Proxy Warfare,” explores the dynamics of proxy alliances and proxy warfare, focusing on the mechanisms and complications associated with state control of and influence over non-state proxies. Her research has appeared in a variety of academic and policy journals, including American Political Science Review, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Parameters. Dr. Borghard has also published pieces for The Cato Institute, The National Interest, CNN.com, The Washington Post.