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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 Lines That Bind: 100 Years of Sykes-Picot

December 19, 2016

Policy Focus

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

Predicting the Shape of Iraq's Next Sunni Insurgencies

August 16, 2017

The Best Thing America Built in Iraq:

Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service and the Long War Against Militancy

July 19, 2017

Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in the Nineveh Plains

July 14, 2017

Mosul Defeat a Blow to IS, but Not the End

July 10, 2017

Turkey's Waiting Game in Sinjar

June 27, 2017

The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

June 27, 2017

Building a “Joint Force” to Control Liberated Yazidi Towns

June 6, 2017

Preventing Allies from Fighting Each Other in Iraq's Disputed Areas

May 31, 2017

Mini-Hizballahs, Revolutionary Guard Knock-Offs, and the Future of Iran's Militant Proxies in Iraq

May 9, 2017

Defeat by Annihilation: Mobility and Attrition in the Islamic State's Defense of Mosul

April 18, 2017

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