Douglas A. Ollivant

Senior National Security Fellow, National Security Studies Program
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Douglas A. Ollivant is a Senior National Security Fellow with the New America Foundation. 

A retired Army officer, his last assignment in government was as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council during both the Bush and Obama administrations. Ollivant recently spent one year in Afghanistan as the Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander, Regional Command-East.  He is now is the Senior Vice President of Mantid International, LLC, a global strategic consulting firm with offices in Washington, Beirut and Baghdad. 

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. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Political Science Association, he is also an Operating Advisor to Monument Capital Group.  He is working on a book manuscript comparing the American involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Publications

Podcast | Dec 12, 2013 |
Article | Oct 28, 2013 | War on the Rocks
Article | Sep 9, 2013 | Al Jazeera America
Article | Sep 5, 2013 | Foreign Policy
Article | Jul 18, 2013 | Time
Article | Sep 28, 2012 | Foreign Policy
Article | Dec 23, 2011 | The New Republic
Transcript or Resource | Nov 15, 2011 | New America Foundation
Policy Paper | Jun 28, 2011 | New America Foundation

Events

Event | May 1, 2014 | Washington
Event | Mar 4, 2013 | Washington
Event | Jul 17, 2012 | Washington
Event | Jun 11, 2012 | Washington
Event | Jan 12, 2012 | Washington
Event | Nov 8, 2011 | Washington
Event | Oct 12, 2011 | Washington
Event | Jun 28, 2011 | Washington

Press

In the News Item | Feb 18, 2014 | Kuwait News Agency
In the News Item | Feb 18, 2014 | Cato
In the News Item | Feb 18, 2014 | Al Jazeera
In the News Item | Sep 9, 2013 | CNBC.com
In the News Item | Aug 29, 2013 | BBC News
In the News Item | Aug 29, 2013 | CNBC
In the News Item | Apr 25, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
In the News Item | Apr 18, 2013 | Radio Free Europe
In the News Item | Mar 21, 2013 | NationalJournal.com