Dr. Ehsan Ahrari is a Defense Consultant and an Independent Strategic Analyst residing in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Until April 15, 2005, he served as Professor of National Security & Strategy at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to that, he served as Professor of West Asian Studies at the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, from July 1990 to March 1994.
As a CENTCOM specialist, Dr. Ahrari has traveled extensively in the Middle East and South and East Asia, and has lectured at a number of leading think tanks in the region. He is a regular lecturer at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, on such topics as Islam and Democracy in the Middle East and Nation Building in Iraq. He is also a frequent lecturer at the George C. Marshall Center, Garmish, and a regular lecturer in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations. That program is focused on educating the U.S. Army National Guard prior to their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He gave lectures as a counterterrorism specialist at the Turkish Center for Excellence in October 2005. He was given a return invitation to Turkey to participate in a similar event in June 2006.
Dr. Ahrari has given lectures on transnational terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and radical Islam at the Joint Staff (J-5) at the Pentagon; NATO’s headquarters in Mons, Belgium; Booz Allan Hamilton (an International Defense Consulting organization based in Virginia); Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) New Delhi; Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Singapore, and the Emirates Center for Security Studies.
Dr. Ahrari’s functional expertise includes information warfare, radical Islam, nuclear and missile proliferation in Southern Asia (China, India, and Pakistan), and counterterrorism.
Dr. Ahrari has an extensive publication record, with nine books and monographs, and more than 300 essays, book reviews, and OpEds in refereed and non-refereed journals and national newspapers to his credit.
Expertise: Specialist in U.S. defense and foreign policy (areas of concentration: Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia--China, India, and Pakistan)
Specialist in interagency coordination and educating allied officers in the intricacies of the interagency process (U.S. focus)
Specialist in underscoring strategic and operational linkages in wargaming and writing scenarios for tabletop exercises
Specialist in radical Islam, information operations and public diplomacy focused on the world of Islam, and counterterrorism
Specialist in information warfare: U.S.-ChinaMedia Exposure:
Appeared on the CNN, Fox News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hampton Roads Public Broadcasting Channel, as well as live interviews for numerous national and international radio stations.