WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2009 - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Abu Muqawama founder and irregular warfare expert Andrew Exum has joined CNAS as a Fellow. At CNAS Exum will focus on the Middle East region, irregular warfare and Afghanistan among other issues. CNAS President John Nagl says, "Andrew Exum is one of the world's brightest thinkers and practitioners on irregular warfare. His work on Hezbollah is groundbreaking and his blog Abu Muqawama is where much of the discussion on future American defense policy is happening. I'm thrilled."
Exum joins CNAS having recently completed five months of field research in Lebanon. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 2000 until 2004. He led a platoon of light infantry in Afghanistan in 2002 and a platoon of Army Rangers in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Most recently, Exum served as an advisor on the CENTCOM Assessment Team. He is the author of the book, This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Frontlines of the War on Terror (Gotham, 2004) and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and many other newspapers.
Exum studied classics and English literature at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Andrew speaks Arabic and French and is the founder of the counterinsurgency blog Abu Muqawama.
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