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.

All Work

The Military as Realignment Test Case

Why might the military prove a petri dish in which to watch voters and parties realign? Douglas Ollivant explains.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
ISIS is losing the war

Douglas A. Ollivant wrote for CNN about the realities of a weaker ISIS.


Middle East Truth in Labelling—Identifying Our "Frenemies"

American foreign policy doesn’t often see between friend and foe. In the Middle East, Douglas Ollivant argues, it should.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
The Islamic State vs Al Qaeda

The rise of the Islamic State and its competition with al-Qaeda has fundamentally reshaped the global jihadist movement.


NEW AMERICA
Should Americans fear an attack like those in Paris?

“Relative to our European cousins we are so good at this,” Douglas Ollivant, a counter-terrorism expert with the thinktank New America, told


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
THE WAR IN IRAQ AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE AFTER PARIS

Despite a series of attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad and (probably) a Russian airliner in Egypt, the military news from Iraq is cautiously


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
ISIS in the West

In the wake of Paris, New America releases a major study that explores who decides to join jihadist terror organizations from the West.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Let’s Kick ‘Boots on the Ground’ to the Curb

The New America Foundation’s Douglas Ollivant, a retired Army officer and director for Iraq at the National Security Council during the Geor


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Experts: Europe Can't Simply Close Borders After the Attacks

Doug Ollivant, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based New America think tank, said that France was inevitably now facing a period of


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Counterterrorism experts weigh in on the US response to the Paris attacks

Douglas Ollivant, Future of War Senior Fellow at New America, discusses repercussions of the Paris attacks.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
For U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, A Dangerous Mission Continues

Retired Army Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant, a senior fellow at New America, disagreed with the South Korea metaphor. "South Korea is not Afghani


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Should U.S. Foreign Assistance Be Tied to Human Rights?

Douglas Ollivant, ASU Future of War Senior Fellow, New America joins the McCain Institute for International Leadership for a lively debate a