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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

Border Fight Could Shift Saudi Arabia's Yemen War Calculus

December 6, 2016

The Battle for Mosul and Iran's Regional Reach

December 5, 2016

Responding to Iran's Arms Smuggling in Yemen

December 2, 2016

Shiite Militias Are Crashing the Mosul Offensive

November 18, 2016

The Day After Mosul: Lessons from Kirkuk

November 17, 2016

A Trump Presidency: Short-Cut to Iraqi Kurdistan's Independence or a Wrong Turn?

November 15, 2016

Battle for Mosul on Schedule, But Not Exactly to Plan

November 2, 2016

Losing Mosul, Regenerating in Diyala: How the Islamic State Could Exploit Iraq's Sectarian Tinderbox

October 25, 2016

The Liberation of Mosul Will Go Better Than You Think

October 17, 2016

Missile Attacks on the USS Mason: Principles to Guide a U.S. Response

October 12, 2016

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