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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

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

How Soleimani’s Killing Could Make a Stronger Iraq

January 5, 2020

Does Soleimani’s Death Matter? Findings from a 2019 Workshop

January 3, 2020

U.S.-Iraq Relations at a Crossroads: Policy Options

January 2, 2020

The Tight Rope: Deterring Militias While Supporting Reformists in Iraq

January 2, 2020

Punishing Iran’s Triggermen in Iraq: Opening Moves in a Long Campaign

December 6, 2019

U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq

November 12, 2019

Exposing and Sanctioning Human Rights Violations by Iraqi Militias

October 22, 2019

Signposts for an Islamic State Comeback in Iraq

October 15, 2019

Helping Iraq Take Charge of Its Command-and-Control Structure

September 30, 2019

How to Present Evidence of Iranian Involvement in the Saudi Attack

September 26, 2019

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