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Michael Knights

Lafer Fellow

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Michael Knights is a Boston-based Lafer fellow of The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, and the Persian Gulf states.

Areas of Expertise

Iraq, Persian Gulf States , Military and Security

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Current Research

Risks and opportunities for U.S. policy in Iraq

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Biography

Michael Knights is a Lafer fellow at The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and the Gulf Arab states.

Dr. Knights has traveled extensively in Iraq and the Gulf states, published widely on security issues for major media outlets such as Jane's IHS, and regularly briefs U.S. government policymakers and U.S. military officers on regional security affairs. Dr. Knights worked as the head of analysis and assessments for a range of security and oil companies, directing information collection teams in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. He has worked extensively with local military and security agencies in Iraq, the Gulf states, and Yemen.

Dr. Knights has undertaken extensive research on lessons learned from U.S. military operations in the Gulf during and since 1990. He earned his doctorate at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and has worked as a defense journalist for the Gulf States Newsletter and Jane's Intelligence Review.

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Publications

Rising to Iran's Challenge:

June 12, 2013

Policy Focus

The Iraqi Security Forces:

June 1, 2011

Policy Notes

Iran's Influence in Iraq:

April 26, 2011

Policy Focus

Kirkuk in Transition:

March 24, 2010

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

Baghdad-KRG Negotiations: Closer Than Ever to a Fair Deal

February 14, 2014

Iraq Needs U.S. Aid Now

January 13, 2014

Why Iraq Should Get Apache Gunships

January 13, 2014

The U.S. Withdrawal Was Too Much Too Soon

January 9, 2014

The Resurgence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq

December 12, 2013

President Barzani Is Playing a Constructive Role in Maintaining the PKK Ceasefire

November 27, 2013

The Kurdish Crescent: New Trends in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran

November 21, 2013

Doctor's Orders

November 19, 2013

Maliki Bolsters Iraq Reelection Chances

November 8, 2013

Meeting Maliki: A Chance to Reset U.S. Policy on Iraq

October 30, 2013

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