About the Author

2013 CJH Congressional Hearing headshotChristopher Holshek, Colonel (retired), U.S. Army Civil Affairs, is a senior civil-military advisor at Narrative Strategies, Protect the People LLC, the International Peace & Security Institute, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the UN Association of the United States, as well as the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's "Veterans for Smart Power."

His three decades of military service include command of the first Army Civil Affairs battalion to deploy to Iraq, featured in Tom Rick’s Fiasco, 60 Minutes II, PBS Newshour, and Arte TV. An international consultant on civil-military and peace operations, he is a rare American who served in UN field missions in civilian and military capacities. He writes extensively on national and foreign policy, peace and security, and civil-military topics, with articles in Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post and other publications worldwide.


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