Aidan Kirby Winn is a doctoral candidate in the War Studies Department at King's College London. She is studying the utility of amnesty and defection programs in the context of counterinsurgency. She is also an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation, conducting research and analysis for defense and security studies. Her current research interests include counterinsurgency and irregular warfare, terrorism, intelligence policy and security force assistance. Prior to joining RAND, she was associate director of National Security Studies and Analysis at Hicks and Associates, Inc (a subsidiary of SAIC), where she led defense, intelligence and homeland security studies. From 2004-2006 she was a research associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Winn holds a master's degree from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from McMaster University.