Alexander Powell
Research Scientist


Alex Powell is an expert on terrorist group tactics, counterterrorism, and special operations forces (SOF). Regionally, he focuses on South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He has worked extensively on security issues in Afghanistan, traveling there numerous times to conduct assessments of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. In 2017 Powell deployed with the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. His research on SOF has encompassed issues ranging from the strategic to the tactical levels. Powell has been asked to speak at regionally-hosted panels on the subject of terrorism and transnational organized crime in South Asia, and has been published in War on the Rocks.

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.

Powell holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where his thesis focused on foreign armed interventions in Afghanistan since the Anglo-Afghan Wars. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs, with a focus on European history and French language, from The George Washington University. He speaks French.


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.”

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