FELLOW & MILITARY ANALYST
Areas of expertise: American foreign policy and national security, Middle East policy, grand strategy, international relations, international security, counterinsurgency
Gil Barndollar is a fellow at Defense Priorities, the Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest, and the Military Fellow-in-Residence at the Catholic University of America’s Center for the Study of Statesmanship. He has written for publications including USA Today, The National Interest, The Hill, The American Conservative, US Naval Institute Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette.
From August 2009 to December 2016, Dr. Barndollar served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a light armored reconnaissance platoon commander and as a combat advisor with the Georgian Army. He also led a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon during deployments to Guantanamo Bay and the Persian Gulf.
Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history, cum laude, from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Keasbey Scholar.