Alexander Powell
Senior Research Specialist


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 (ANDSF). In 2017 Powell deployed with the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A). 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 the Bay of Bengal, 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. 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 is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Studies at Georgetown University. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs, with a focus on European History and French language, from The George Washington University.


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”