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Michael Eisenstadt

Kahn Fellow
Director, Military & Security Studies Program

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Michael Eisenstadt is the Kahn Fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Military and Security Studies Program.

Areas of Expertise

Iran, Iraq, Israel, Persian Gulf States , Military and Security

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Current Research

Iran's nuclear program and its implications; Iran's regional influence; Iranian strategic culture; the military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria; undermining Islamic State's appeal; the role of the military instrument and the utility of force in U.S. policy; grey zone/irregular/hybrid conflict; and the Arab-Israeli military balance.

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Biography

Michael Eisenstadt is the Kahn Fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Military and Security Studies Program. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and conventional warfare, and nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East.

Prior to joining the Institute in 1989, Mr. Eisenstadt worked as a military analyst with the U.S. government.

Mr. Eisenstadt served for twenty-six years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve before retiring in 2010. His military service included active-duty stints in Iraq with the United States Forces-Iraq headquarters (2010) and the Human Terrain System Assessment Team (2008); in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Jordan with the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (2008-2009); at U.S. Central Command headquarters and on the Joint Staff during Operation Enduring Freedom and the planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom (2001-2002); and in Turkey and Iraq during Operation Provide Comfort (1991).

He has also served in a civilian capacity on the Multinational Force-Iraq/U.S. Embassy Baghdad Joint Campaign Plan Assessment Team (2009) and as a consultant or advisor to the congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group (2006), the Multinational Corps-Iraq Information Operations Task Force (2005-2006), and the State Department's Future of Iraq defense policy working group (2002-2003). In 1992, he took a leave of absence from the Institute to work on the U.S. Air Force Gulf War Air Power Survey.

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Education

Mr. Eisenstadt earned an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and has traveled widely in the Middle East. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew, and reads French.

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew

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Publications

Defeating ISIS:

November 4, 2014

Policy Notes

Iran's Influence in Iraq:

April 26, 2011

Policy Focus

Deterring an Iranian Nuclear Breakout

May 20, 2015

Research Notes

Between Not-In and All-In:

May 16, 2014

Policy Notes

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Most Recent Analysis

The Potential for Radiological Terrorism by al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

August 10, 2016

Iran's Lengthening Cyber Shadow

July 28, 2016

Rethinking the U.S. Military Role in the Middle East

June 30, 2016

The Aerial Delivery of Humanitarian Aid in Syria: Options and Constraints

May 27, 2016

U.S. Military Engagement in the Broader Middle East

May 3, 2016

Establishing and Securing Safe Zones in Syria: Historical Lessons

March 17, 2016

Iranian Casualties in Syria and the Strategic Logic of Intervention

March 11, 2016

TWI Series on Syrian Safe Havens/Zones

February 16, 2016

The Strategic Culture of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

Religion, Expediency, and Soft Power in an Era of Disruptive Change

November 23, 2015

The Paris Response: Answering Urgent Questions in the Anti-ISIS Fight

November 19, 2015

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