I am an associate professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University in Washington DC. I teach courses on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, and research war-to-peace transition, civil wars and military innovation. I am the author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis (Columbia UP, 2013), The New Counterinsurgency Era (Georgetown UP, 2009), and co-editor of Reintegrating Armed Groups after Conflict (Routledge, 2009).
I am also an adjunct fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where I am supporting a Norwegian government-sponsored programme on conflict, development and security. The research programme examines the use of force in peace operations; the role of international organizations in war-to-peace transitions; and the political reintegration of armed groups following war.
In October 2010, I completed a trans-Atlantic post-doctoral fellowship in international relations (TAPIR), which included nine months at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC and 15 months at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), in Berlin. My research areas during this time included: the theory and practice of counterinsurgency and stability operations, war-to-peace transitions and conflict analysis.
My previous work experience includes visiting fellowships at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US) and at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (NDU). My focus during this time was on the reintegration of irregular armed groups during and after conflict and on the U.S. military’s approach to and learning of counterinsurgency. Prior to this, I spent two years at as a Deputy Defence Analyst at the London office of the IISS, where I helped create and establish the IISS Armed Conflict Database.
I obtained a PhD at the Department of War Studies, with a thesis examining the U.S. military’s institutional adaptation vis-à-vis counterinsurgency and stability operations in the 2001-07 period. Prior to this, I earned a First Class BSc in International Relations by the London School of Economics & Political Science and in 2004, a MRes in War Studies by King’s College London.