Dr. Carter Malkasian was the special assistant for strategy to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, from 2015 to 2019. He has extensive experience working in conflict zones. He spent nearly two years in Garmser district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a State Department political officer. Before that, he deployed as a CNA civilian advisor with the Marines, twice to Iraq's al-Anbar province, for a total of 18 months, in 2004 and 2006. From May 2012 to May 2013, From October 2006 to July 2009, he directed the Stability and Development Program at CNA.
His 2013 book, "War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier" (Oxford University Press), won the 2014 silver medal for the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award. His following book—"Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Islamic State" (Oxford University Press, 2017)—covers the successes and eventual failure of the famous Anbar awakening and the corresponding U.S. military effort. Dr. Malkasian received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his doctorate in history at Oxford University.