Michael Connell, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist
Michael Connell is an expert in Persian-Gulf security-related issues, the armed forces of Iran, U.S.-GCC security cooperation, and adversary cyber policy and strategy. He has served as CNA's Field Analyst to Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
Prior to joining CNA, Connell was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.
Connell has a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. in Near East Studies from Brandeis University. He speaks Persian and French.
RECENT NEWSJuly 30, 2017
Buzzfeed News quotes CNA analyst Michael Connell, Ph.D. in “Inside Iran’s Mission to Dominate the Middle East”June 7, 2017
The Loopcast interviews CNA analyst Michael Connell, Ph.D. in “Iran’s Military and Armed Forces with Michael Connell”
CNA’s Center for Strategic Studies releases Russia’s Approach to Cyber Warfare by CNA analysts Michael Connell, Ph.D. and Sarah VoglerApril 26, 2017
CNN interviews CNA analyst Michael Connell, Ph.D. in “’Provocative’ Iranian Gunboat Threatens U.S. Destroyer”March 31, 2017