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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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Most Recent Analysis

Is a Ceasefire Possible in Yemen?

November 6, 2018

New Governments in Iraq and Kurdistan: A Trip Report

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U.S.-Saudi Security Cooperation (Part 2): Restricting Operational Support in Yemen

November 6, 2018

U.S.-Saudi Security Cooperation (Part 1): Conditioning Arms Sales to Build Leverage

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Washington Should Reverse Its Retreat in Basra

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Is the Yemen War Really Deadlocked? Think Again.

September 30, 2018

The Smart Way to Sanction Iranian-Backed Militias in Iraq

September 17, 2018

Ending Yemen’s War Without Perpetuating a ‘Southern Hezbollah’

September 12, 2018

The Houthi War Machine: From Guerrilla War to State Capture

September 10, 2018

Setting Limits on the Saudi Air Campaign in Yemen

August 16, 2018

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