Dr. David H. Ucko

Professor and Department Chair, War and Conflict Studies

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Dr. David H. Ucko is Chair of the War and Conflict Studies Department and the director of the Combating Terrorism & Irregular Warfare (CTIW) Fellowship Program at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. He oversees the delivery of the CTIW curriculum and the international outreach efforts to build a network of practitioners engaged with counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare.

Dr. Ucko’s research areas include political violence, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, and war-to-peace transitions. He is the author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare (Columbia University Press, 2013), The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Reintegrating Armed Groups after Conflict (Routledge, 2009). He has also published on the United Nations, NATO, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Ucko is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches social movement theory and mobilization into terrorism, insurgency, and gangs. For several years, he served as program coordinator and research fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he oversaw the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group (CSDRG). Prior to joining CISA, Dr. Ucko was a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, Germany, and at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC. From 2001-03 he worked as Deputy Defence Analyst (Armed Conflict) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) office in London, where he helped create and develop the Armed Conflict Database.

Dr. Ucko obtained his Doctoral and Masters degrees at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and his B.Sc. in International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.