In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with author Elizabeth Stanley about her latest book, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma. Stanley discusses the science of stress and trauma and explores cultural norms that impede resilience, such as the collective tendency to disconnect stress from its consequences and override our need to recover. She also explores how recovery and resilience are skills that can be taught and learned.



Elizabeth A. Stanley, Ph.D., is associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, jointly appointed in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department. She speaks, teaches, and writes about resilience, decision-making under stress, enacted systems, civil-military relations, military effectiveness and innovation, and international security. Her book, Paths to Peace, won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the fields of national and international security. She served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Asia, Europe, and on Balkans deployments, leaving service as a captain. She created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, which she’s taught to thousands in high-stress environments. She’s a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.B.A. focused on technology strategy and organizational behavior from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale.



John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.