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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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How to Secure Mosul:

October 12, 2016

Research Notes

The Future of Iraq's Armed Forces

March 10, 2016

Articles & Op-Eds

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

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Most Recent Analysis

A Credibility Test for U.S.-Saudi Defense Relations and Iran Deterrence

September 16, 2019

Iraq’s Air Defense Conundrum: Options for U.S. Policy

September 12, 2019

Yemen’s Fragile Military Balance

September 3, 2019

Lessons from the UAE War in Yemen

August 18, 2019

Militias Are Threatening Public Safety in Iraq

August 14, 2019

Iran’s Expanding Militia Army in Iraq: The New Special Groups

August 9, 2019

Sanctions on Iraqi Political Figures: Shaping the Impact and Message

July 19, 2019

“Miss Me Yet?” What the UAE Drawdown Means For the United States and UN in Yemen

July 10, 2019

Normalizing Security in the Nineveh Plains

July 9, 2019

Popular Mobilization Force Reform in Iraq: Reintegration or Consolidation of Militia Power?

July 8, 2019

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