I am a writer and analyst with a broad background in counterterrorism and foreign policy. I’m ending a research fellowship with the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank founded by John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, on March 1. Before that fellowship, I was a senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. military, a civilian adviser to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a political analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Yemen, and the in-house futurist for the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.
From January 2011 to March of 2013, I was a Fellow at the American Security Project. In November of 2010 I published my first book, Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net.
I write for many venues about the future of the intelligence community, the use of drones and other forms of targeted killings in counterterrorism policy, the development of metrics for understanding national security strategy, and understanding the local political consequences of U.S. policy.
I am an editor of the popular Central Asia blog Registan.net, as well as a national security columnist for PBS Need to Know, a contributor to The Atlantic, and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net (which was praised by the New York Times as “an attuned observer of the American-led effort in Afghanistan”).
A frequent commentator for American and global media, I appear regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. I am also a regular contributor to Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, and my writing has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor.