At the creation of the Olin Institute in 1989, Stephen Peter Rosen became its associate director. When Professor Huntington stepped down as director of the Olin Institute in January 2000, Professor Rosen took over the directorship. Professor Rosen is the Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University. He was awarded a prize by Harvard University in 2002, the Harvard College Professorship, in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is also the Master of Winthrop House in Harvard College.
Professor Rosen is the author of Winning the Next War: Innovation and the Modern Military, which won the 1992 Furniss Prize for best first book on national security affairs awarded by the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, and of Societies and Military Power: India and its Armies. He has recently completed a project on strategy and the biology of cognition, and his book War and Human Nature was published by Princeton University Press in 2004. Professor Rosen is on the Board of Visitors of the Joint Forces Command, and an advisor to the United States Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency.