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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

Implications of a nuclear Iran; Iranian influence in Iraq; irregular/hybrid warfare; U.S. policy toward Iraq; the utility of force in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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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

No Good Outcome:

November 26, 2013

Policy Focus

Not By Sanctions Alone

June 28, 2013

Strategic Reports

Iran's Influence in Iraq:

April 26, 2011

Policy Focus

Beyond Worst-Case Analysis:

June 1, 2012

Policy Notes

The Missing Lever:

March 1, 2010

Policy Notes

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Most Recent Analysis

Deterring an Iranian Nuclear Breakout

May 20, 2015

Assuring Uneasy Gulf Allies at Camp David: The Military Dimension

May 7, 2015

'Defeat into Victory': Arab Lessons for the Iraqi Security Forces

February 17, 2015

Resetting the U.S.-Israel Alliance

February 5, 2015

5 Lines of Effort to Degrade and Defeat ISIS (Research Guide Infographic)

February 2, 2015

'Defeat into Victory':

Lessons for Rebuilding the Iraq Security Forces from Modern Arab Military Success Stories

January 21, 2015

The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: A Washington Institute Backgrounder

November 10, 2014

Defeating ISIS:

A Strategy for a Resilient Adversary and an Intractable Conflict

November 4, 2014

Defeating ISIS: From Strategy to Implementation

September 23, 2014

Toward an Enduring Ceasefire: Preventing the Rocket Rearmament of Gaza Terrorist Groups

August 21, 2014

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