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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

Saving Iraqi Turkmens Is a Win-Win-Win

July 16, 2014

Is U.S. Help for Iraq Too Little, Too Late?

June 27, 2014

Saddam Hussein's Faithful Friend, the King of Clubs, Might Be the Key to Saving Iraq

June 24, 2014

Could Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki Be Forced Out?

June 23, 2014

Building a Base for Iraq's Counteroffensive: The Role of U.S. Security Cooperation

June 19, 2014

Iraq's Dire Situation

June 17, 2014

Iraq War III Has Now Begun

June 11, 2014

Mosul Security Crisis: A Chance to Break Iraq's Political Logjam

June 10, 2014

Battle for Mosul: Critical Test Ahead for Iraq

June 10, 2014

The ISIL's Stand in the Ramadi-Falluja Corridor

May 29, 2014

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