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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

The Long Haul:

January 22, 2015

Policy Focus

Rising to Iran's Challenge:

June 12, 2013

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

The U.S., the Peshmerga, and Mosul

July 28, 2016

Iraqi Security the Day After Mosul

July 4, 2016

A New Formula in the Battle for Fallujah

May 25, 2016

The U.A.E. Approach to Counterinsurgency in Yemen

May 23, 2016

The Liberation of Fallujah, the Fall of Baghdad

May 23, 2016

How to Prevent Sectarian Backlash from Baghdad Bombings

May 17, 2016

Gulf Coalition Targeting AQAP in Yemen

May 10, 2016

What Did the Gulf Coalition War Achieve in Yemen?

April 9, 2016

Iraq: Are Shia Leaders Ready for Sectarian Healing?

April 5, 2016

The Liberation of Mosul Has Begun

March 30, 2016

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