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Nader Uskowi

Visiting Fellow

Nader Uskowi is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute.


Nader Uskowi joined The Washington Institute as a visiting fellow after four years as the senior civilian policy advisor to United States Central Command. While in his post at CENTCOM from 2013 to 2017, he studied how best to posture military forces to achieve American objectives toward Iran and Shiite militias in the Middle East, among other issues of research and inter-agency coordination. He is currently writing a book on Iran's Qods Force. Uskowi previously served for more than a decade in various civilian and contractor positions with the Department of Defense, focusing on geopolitical and military developments across the Middle East with a special emphasis on Iranian activities. From 2009-2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a senior political advisor to U.S. task forces established to stabilize the Afghan and Iraqi economies. Prior to emigrating to the United States from Iran in 1982, Uskowi worked as a journalist, and in 1978 became the country's youngest editor of a major daily newspaper (Naday-e Azadi).

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M.A., international organization development, The George Washington University; B.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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