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Michael Knights

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Michael Knights is a Boston-based senior 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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Michael Knights is a senior 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 widely in Iraq, Yemen, and the Gulf states, and regularly briefs U.S. government policymakers, congressional committees, and U.S. military officers on regional security affairs. He has worked extensively with local military and security agencies on the ground in Iraq, the Gulf states, and Yemen.

Dr. Knights has undertaken exhaustive 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 later worked as the head of analysis for a range of security and oil companies, directing information-collection teams in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. He previously worked as a defense journalist for the Gulf States Newsletter and Jane's Intelligence Review.

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March 10, 2016

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The Long Haul:

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Most Recent Analysis

Responding to Iranian Harassment of U.S. Facilities in Iraq

May 21, 2019

If Iran Deploys Missiles in Iraq: U.S.-Israeli Response Options

May 13, 2019

How the U.S. Government Should Think About Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces

May 9, 2019

Iraq-Turkey Pipeline Arbitration: Avoiding a Policy Train Wreck

May 8, 2019

A Real Plan to End the War in Yemen

May 2, 2019

An Economic Roadmap to Humanitarian Relief in Yemen

April 16, 2019

Options for a Lighter U.S. Footprint in Syria

February 22, 2019

International Engagement in Iraq Is Tied to Military Presence

February 21, 2019

Can Asaib Ahl al-Haq Join the Political Mainstream?

February 14, 2019

The Challenges of Urban Fighting in Hodeida

January 15, 2019

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