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.


July 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”

May 8, 2017

CNA’s Center for Strategic Studies releases Russia’s Approach to Cyber Warfare by CNA analysts Michael Connell, Ph.D. and Sarah Vogler

April 26, 2017

CNN interviews CNA analyst Michael Connell, Ph.D. in “’Provocative’ Iranian Gunboat Threatens U.S. Destroyer”

March 31, 2017

CSIS publishes Deterring Iran After the Nuclear Deal, co-authored by CNA analyst Michael Connell, Ph.D.