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Nader Uskowi

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


Nader Uskowi is a non-resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He is the author of “Temperature Rising: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Wars in the Middle East”, a book on the evolution of the IRGC Quds Force and its current activities in the region, published in December 2018. Uskowi served as the senior policy advisor to US Central Command (CENTCOM), where he focused on regional military posture towards Iran and Shia militias between 2013 and 2017. Uskowi was a 2017-2018 visiting fellow at The Washington Institute. Uskowi previously served for more than a decade in various civilian and contractor positions with the Department of Defense, focusing on geopolitical and military developments across the Middle East with a special emphasis on Iranian activities. From 2009 to 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a senior political advisor to a US task force established to stabilise the Afghan and Iraqi economies. Prior to emigrating to the US from Iran in 1982, Uskowi worked as a journalist, and in 1978 became the country's youngest editor of a major daily newspaper (Naday-e Azadi).