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Michael Knights

Jill and Jay Bernstein Fellow

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Michael Knights is the Boston-based Jill and Jay Bernstein 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 the Jill and Jay Bernstein 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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Honored, Not Contained:

March 23, 2020

Policy Focus

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

Shock Therapy Will Kill, Not Cure, Iraqi Kurdistan’s Economy

November 13, 2020

Back into the Shadows? The Future of Kata'ib Hezbollah and Iran's Other Proxies in Iraq

October 23, 2020

Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options

September 25, 2020

Kadhimi’s Rolling Reshuffle (Part 2): Protecting Iraq’s Economic Institutions and Borders

September 15, 2020

Kadhimi’s Rolling Reshuffle (Part 1): Military Command Changes

September 14, 2020

Inside the Kadhimi Visit to Washington D.C.

August 26, 2020

Reacting Smartly to Harassing Tactics by Iraqi Militias

July 29, 2020

Strengthening the Kadhimi Government (Part 1): Protection and Security Issues

July 13, 2020

Iraqi Kurdistan: Priority Issues for International Mediation

July 10, 2020

On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

July 7, 2020

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