Alexander Velez-Green

Research Associate, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

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Alexander Velez-Green is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program. He specializes in defense, deterrence, and escalation management issues. His latest work focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on Russian military doctrine. Mr. Velez-Green has also written on Middle East security challenges.

In recent months, Mr. Velez-Green has authored The Unsettling View From Moscow: Russia’s Strategic Debate on a Doctrine of Pre-emption and From Reform to Revolution: A Schism in the Muslim Brotherhood and the Rise of Homegrown Jihadism in Mainland Egypt. He has also co-authored several other CNAS reports on the future of warfare.

Mr. Velez-Green has presented his research at U.S. Strategic Command, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Royal United Services Institute in London. His policy writings have appeared in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Defense One, The National Interest, National Review, Small Wars Journal, War on the Rocks, and other outlets.

Mr. Velez-Green graduated cum laude from Harvard University. He is proficient in Arabic and Spanish and has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Africa.

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