Colin Kahl is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. Dr. Kahl is on a three-year public service leave from Georgetown University, where he is a professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service focusing on international security, American foreign policy in the Middle East, and terrorism.
Prior to joining the Department, he was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington based think tank. He has published widely on U.S. military operations and strategy in Iraq, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, the Los Angeles Times, Middle East Policy, the National Interest, and the New York Times. In 2007-2008, Dr. Kahl served as coordinator for the Obama Campaign's Iraq Policy Expert Group. In 2005-2006, he was a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow working at the Department of Defense on counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, and stability operations.
From 2000-2005 and 2007 Dr. Kahl was a professor of international relations in the political science department at the University of Minnesota. In 1997-1998 he was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 2000, and his BA in political science from the University of Michigan in 1993.