This photo was taken outside Saddam Hussien's Secret Policy Head-Quarters (The Mukhabarat) in Bagdad, Iraq.
The history of Iraqi Intelligence and US-Iraq diplomacy provide important lessons for my research: (1) The Mukhabarat show exactly what leaders will do to understand their enemies. (2) The Iraq wars remind us of the consequences of ineffective communication: Had Saddam been able to communicate his interests effectively, the world may be a different place.
Greetings! Thanks for visiting my website. I am an assistant professor at UC, San Diego.
My research has two strands. In the first, I integrate the historical and cultural determinants of state-motives into strategic models of great power politics. In the second, I explore how modern technology and secrecy create opportunities and challenges for the intelligence community. My research has interested policy-makers in Washington DC because it provides novel insights about Sino-American relations and the use of digital technology in intelligence analysis.
Before starting my Ph.D., I worked as a foreign policy consultant in Iraq, Australia, Jordan, and the US.
I like woodworking, making ice cream, taking my daughter to the zoo and stand-up comedy.
If my research or my hobbies interest you, please reach out via email!