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I teach a graduate course on Contemporary Conflicts at King’s College, London.  I am an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS)  and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Truman National Security Project. I have given practical policy and strategy advice and recommendations to three Secretaries of Defense and three Commanders of International Forces in Afghanistan. A number of my ideas and solutions have even been reviewed and implemented by the President of the United States.

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Civilian Control – How Trump Can Reverse the Trend of Failures in Recent Conflicts - On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald J. Trump lambasted American generals for their failure to win wars. Now he has selected from their retired ranks to fill key cabinet level...
Are Saudi atrocities in Yemen damaging America? - In recent days Saudi Arabia has bombed a Doctors Without Borders Hospital, a school, and a potato chip factory. They have done so using “Made in the USA” bombs from...
Video: Inside-Out Strategy to Defeat Islamic State - In this 15 minute video, Christopher Kolenda outlines current challenges in the war against Islamic State and discussed his Inside-Out strategy to defeat them.  See the article.  
5 Steps to an Anti-ISIS Insurgency - An anti-ISIS insurgency (the Inside-Out approach) is the most cost-effective way to defeat Islamic State. Insurgencies that have enjoyed durable, tangible local and international support in their fight against predatory...
Defeating ISIS Begins by Recognizing a Sunni Arab State - Defeating ISIS Begins by Recognizing a Sunni Arab State Like many around the world, I watched reporting of the recent murders of innocent civilians in Beirut, Paris, and over the...
Why a Civilian Should be in Charge of the New Mission in Afghanistan - President Obama’s welcome reversal of his draw-down decision in Afghanistan has given the U.S. and Afghan government a chance to achieve a favorable and durable outcome. Instead of drawing down...
Women’s Diverse Roles in Perpetrating and Countering Violent Extremism - By terrorism scholar Joana Cook  Women play diverse roles in violent extremism.  Understanding this is essential for an effective strategy against groups like ISIL. Groups such as ISIL have made...
#1 Job for the New Afghan Cabinet: Develop a Compelling National Vision and Strategy - The Afghan government has nearly a full slate of ministers. On April 18 parliament approved the 16 ministerial candidates put forward by President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah.  Only the Ministry...
Is a Super-Regional (SAMENA) War Beginning? Considerations for the U.S. and your Non Profit - Are we witnessing the beginning of an Arab World War? Foreign Policy’s J.M. Berger suggests we are.  The 20 March bombings of two mosques in Sanaa, which killed more than...


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Video: Inside-Out Strategy to Defeat Islamic State - In this 15 minute video, Christopher Kolenda outlines current challenges in the war against Islamic State and discussed his Inside-Out strategy to defeat them.  See the article.  
5 Steps to an Anti-ISIS Insurgency - An anti-ISIS insurgency (the Inside-Out approach) is the most cost-effective way to defeat Islamic State. Insurgencies that have enjoyed durable, tangible local and international support in their fight against predatory...
Defeating ISIS Begins by Recognizing a Sunni Arab State - Defeating ISIS Begins by Recognizing a Sunni Arab State Like many around the world, I watched reporting of the recent murders of innocent civilians in Beirut, Paris, and over the...
Women’s Diverse Roles in Perpetrating and Countering Violent Extremism - By terrorism scholar Joana Cook  Women play diverse roles in violent extremism.  Understanding this is essential for an effective strategy against groups like ISIL. Groups such as ISIL have made...
#1 Job for the New Afghan Cabinet: Develop a Compelling National Vision and Strategy - The Afghan government has nearly a full slate of ministers. On April 18 parliament approved the 16 ministerial candidates put forward by President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah.  Only the Ministry...
Is a Super-Regional (SAMENA) War Beginning? Considerations for the U.S. and your Non Profit - Are we witnessing the beginning of an Arab World War? Foreign Policy’s J.M. Berger suggests we are.  The 20 March bombings of two mosques in Sanaa, which killed more than...
CNN’s Isa Soares interviews Chris Kolenda about Afghanistan - In this interview with CNN, Christopher Kolenda discusses Islamic State presence in Afghanistan; the plight of Afghan people over 36 years of war; and how kleptocratic corruption undermines the Afghan...
Should the U.S. support air strikes in Libya? - Should the U.S. support air strikes in Libya? Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi thinks so, calling on the U.N. Security Council to authorize military action in Libya.  This, after Egypt bombed...
Is sending arms to Ukraine a good idea? - Is sending arms to Ukraine a good idea? Foreign Policy’s Steven Walt disagrees with several key U.S. thought-leaders– experts who have the attention of the Obama Administration – who think...
Did Torture Cost American Lives? - Some argue that torture “helped” save American lives.  It is appropriate, therefore, to askwhether it helped cost American lives – and civilian lives – too.  Aside from the deeply troubling...