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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 extensively in Iraq and the Gulf states, published widely on security issues for major media outlets such as Jane's IHS, and regularly briefs U.S. government policymakers and U.S. military officers on regional security affairs. Dr. Knights worked as the head of analysis and assessments for a range of security and oil companies, directing information collection teams in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. He has worked extensively with local military and security agencies in Iraq, the Gulf states, and Yemen.

Dr. Knights has undertaken extensive 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 has worked as a defense journalist for the Gulf States Newsletter and Jane's Intelligence Review.

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Most Recent Analysis

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

Iraq, Iran, and U.S. Strategy: A Trip Report

August 10, 2018

Curbing Houthi Attacks on Civilian Ships in the Bab al-Mandab

July 27, 2018

No Going Back:

The UAE's Strategic Move in Hodeidah Should Bring to a Close the First Phase of Yemen's War

June 14, 2018

Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

May 17, 2018

The Hodeida Campaign (Part 3): Deterring Houthi Retaliation

May 16, 2018

The Hodeida Campaign (Part 2): Can Yemen Recapture Major Ports from the Houthi Rebels?

May 15, 2018

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