Alexander Powell
Senior Research Specialist


Alex Powell's research focuses on counterterrorism in the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia; and special operations forces (SOF). He has worked extensively on security issues in Afghanistan, deploying in 2017 with the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. He has been published in War on the Rocks, and has spoken on the subject of terrorism in the Bay of Bengal.

Prior to joining CNA, Powell served as an analyst for the FBI Forfeiture and Seized Property Unit, and as an assistant at the National Security Program of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, he interned with the Iraqi Embassy Commercial Attaché, where he researched and wrote reports on behalf of senior staff on economic and democratic plans for Iraq.

Powell holds a B.A. in International Affairs, with a focus on European History and French, from The George Washington University. He will be pursuing an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University in the fall of 2017.


August 10, 2018

“The two-day dialogue was a collaborative initiative between KDU and the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), USA. This year’s Track 1.5 Dialogue focused on how bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the USA could be further improved in a variety of spheres and how the global security concerns are influencing the relations between the two countries.”

Daily News: “Lanka-U.S. Naval Cooperation Strengthens”