Douglas Ollivant

ASU Future of War Senior Fellow

Douglas A. Ollivant is an ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America. He is Managing Partner and the Senior Vice President of Mantid International, LLC, a global strategic consulting firm with offices in Washington, Beirut, Baghdad, Hilla and Basra, since 2012. He has also been appointed as an ASU Senior Fellow at the Future of War project at New America. A retired Army officer (Lieutenant Colonel), his last assignment in government was as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council during both the Bush and Obama administrations. Ollivant spent one year in 2010-2011 in Afghanistan as the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander, Regional Command-East.

Prior to his posting at the White House, Ollivant served in Iraq as the Chief of Plans for Multi- National Division Baghdad in 2006-2007. During this time he led the planning team that designed the U.S. and coalition portion of Baghdad Security Plan, the main effort of what later became known as the "Surge." He spent an earlier Iraq tour in 2004-2005 in Baghdad, Najaf, and Fallujah. He also taught politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point for three years.

A graduate of Wheaton College, Ollivant holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a frequent television commentator on defense and Middle East issues, on networks including CNN, PBS, NPR, MSNBC, and ABC before becoming an exclusive contributor with Al Jazeera America in July of 2015. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Political Science Association, he also serves in various advisory capacities to Monument Capital Group, Meridian Hill Advisors, and TranScan LLC. He is working on a book manuscript on the topic of Hybrid Warriors, as well as various manuscripts on the Iraq conflict, 2003-present.

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U.S. Missile Defense System "Accurate" But "Not Foolproof"

Douglas Ollivant joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss the escalating tension on the Korean peninsula.

The Rocky Path Toward Kurdish Independence

Douglas Ollivant was featured in a podcast by Foreign Policy, titled The Backstory, where he discussed Kurdish independence.

What is ISIS and can the Terror Group be Stopped?

Douglas Ollivant was quoted in an article in The Week about ISIS not being an internationally recognized state

Assessing the Aftermath of U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Doug Ollivant joined PBS Newshour to discuss the aftermath of the Syria strikes.

What Trump’s New National Security Advisor Should Worry About Now

Doug Ollivant wrote for Fortune about Lt. Gen. McMaster’s three big challenges.

What Have We Done: Moral Injury in America’s Long Wars

David Wood talks about his personal observation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their impact on the young Americans deployed to them

The Master Plan: ISIS' Strategy for Final Victory

Counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of ISIS' complex and largely hidden past

The Bigger Issues at Play: Mosul and the Future of Northern Iraq

Doug Ollivant wrote for War on the Rocks on Mosul.

The Bigger Issues at Play: Mosul and the Future of Northern Iraq

Douglas Ollivant wrote for War on the Rocks about the ongoing battle for Mosul.

‘Band-Aid on a Bullet Wound’: What America’s New War Looks like in Afghanistan’s Most Violent Province

Doug Ollivant was quoted in the Washington Post about America's new war in Afghanistan.

Keep Your Friends Close and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Closer

Congress's decision to overturn President Obama's veto was not one made in our national interest, explains Douglas Ollivant.

Is Islamic State Losing Ground But Winning the War of Ideas?

Peter Bergen and Doug Ollivant were quoted in Voice of America about the Islamic State.