Paul Edgar, PhD, COL (Ret) US Army
PhD, Middle Eastern Cultures & Languages, Security Studies
Fellow, Andrew Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative
Graduate Fellow, Clements Center for National Security
Olmsted Foundation Scholar, Tel Aviv University
Paul served in the United States Army as an infantry officer for more than 22 years. His military career included service in a variety of conventional, special operations, and strategic organizations. Living and working in the Middle East for more than seven years, he has coordinated security efforts between the Israeli Defense Forces and Palestinian Security forces and he has served as an advisor to the Commander of the Kingdom of Jordan’s Special Operations Command. Currently, Paul completed his PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and Security Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is writing an international history of the Middle East, focusing on pivotal diplomatic and military engagements over a 600 year period. He edited and contributed to a recently published policy proposal sponsored by the NSC, Interagency Cooperation in Counterterrorism Operations: Implications for the “Grey Zone.” Paul’s approach to leader development was reviewed extensively by Professor Elizabeth Samet in her introduction to the Norton Anthology, Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers.