CNAS Writers in Residence program provides some of America’s top national
security and defense journalists the opportunity to complete longer book
projects while benefiting from the full spectrum of the Center’s resources and
Current Writer in Residence David Finkel is the author of The Good Soldiers, a ground-level account of the U.S. "surge" into the Iraq war, published in 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. CNAS is hosting Finkel as he writes a second book that chronicles the return of the battalion’s soldiers after the end of their tour, exploring their struggles to reintegrate – what Finkel calls their “trip back to normalcy.” An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and across the United States, and was part of the Post’s war coverage in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006 and was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellow “genius” award in 2012.
CNAS is also currently hosting Yochi Dreazen, a contributing editor to The Atlantic while he works on his book about the psychological wounds of war and how the military handles depression and PTSD through the lens of a single military family.
Recent Writers in Residence include: