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Senior Research Scholar, CISAC; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

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Dr. Joseph Felter joined CISAC as a senior research scholar in September, 2011.

Felter retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2011 following a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer with distinguished service in a variety of special operations and diplomatic assignments. He has conducted foreign internal defense and security assistance missions across East and Southeast Asia and has participated in operational deployments to Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Prior to arriving at CISAC, he led the International Security and Assistance Force, Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan reporting directly to Gen. Stanley McChrystal and and Gen. David Petraeus and advising them on counterinsurgency strategy. Felter held leadership positions in the US Army Rangers and Special Forces and directed the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point from 2005-2008. He is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He has published many scholarly articles on the topic of counterinsurgency and has focused on the study of how to address the root causes of terrorism and political violence. Some highlights include: "Can Hearts and Minds be Bought? The Economics of Counterinsurgency in Iraq," with Eli Berman and Jacob N. Shapiro (forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy); "Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines," with Eli Berman, Michael Callen, and Jacob N. Shapiro (forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution); and "Iranian Influence in Iraq: Politics and 'Other Means,'" with Brian Fishman. Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, N.Y., October 2008.

Felter holds a BS from West Point, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.

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CISAC experts reflect on Iraq withdrawal
“It’s not a surprise,” said Colonel Joseph Felter, a senior research fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). “We’ve planned to leave for quite some time.” “[The announcement] is good news … I served there in the days when many people would have been doubtful that we’d come this far. It’s a tribute to a lot of hard work and sacrifice."
October 31, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Using Open Data To Understand War And Peace
A new study of wars and conflicts headed up by Stanford and Princeton University academics and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense will make hard-to-find data on war and conflict available to academics and help crowdsource military tactics.
August 29, 2011 in Fast Company

Faculty College seeks to drive classroom innovation
Col. Joseph Felter Ph.D. ‘05, senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, will work on the Ethics of War project. His teammates include political science professor Scott Sagan, philosophy professor Debra Satz, senior Law School lecturer Allen Weiner J.D. ‘89 and School of Medicine professor Paul Wise.
July 7, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Foreign Policy: Teaming Up With Enemies In Libya
Joseph Felter is a US Army colonel and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Brian Fishman is a counterterrorism research fellow at the New America Foundation and a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military ...
March 31, 2011 in NPR

Hoover fellow: New revelations in Afghanistan are same old, same old
Joseph Felter, commander of the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team of the US-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul.
July 27, 2010 in Stanford University News