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Joseph Felter, PhD

Senior Research Scholar, CISAC; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

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August 14th, 2014

Felter tells NYTimes airstrikes can only do so much to combat ISIS

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

The White House says it isn't ruling out sending ground troops to Iraq to assist the thousands of refugees fleeing bombings by Islamic militants. CISAC's Joe Felter writes in The New York Times that airstrikes against the militants can only do so much. Read more »



July 2nd, 2014

Felter: Insurgents attack aid programs to undermine governments

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

Research by CISAC Senior Research Scholar Joe Felter shows that insurgents try to derail government-delivered aid programs in poor areas because they fear successful programs will boost the government's credibility. Preventive measures include providing greater security around aid projects and limiting advance knowledge about them. Read more »



June 12th, 2014

Felter: Development projects don't always win `hearts and minds'

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC senior research scholar Joe Felter provides evidence that the strategy of "winning hearts and minds" with development projects can backfire in some conflict zones where insurgents are suspicious of government intent. Read more »



February 11th, 2014

Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade. Read more »



May 1st, 2013

Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

CISAC, FSI Stanford, CDDRL News

With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan. +VIDEO+
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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