MENASourceFeb 26, 2021
Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias
By Atlantic Council
On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?
New AtlanticistAug 13, 2020
Will US-brokered agreement between UAE and Israel be a regional gamechanger?
By Atlantic Council
A US-brokered deal has seen Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations for the first time in history. Atlantic Council experts discuss what the agreement means and what is next for the wider region:
Nader Uskowi is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.
Uskowi is the president of Sagewood Consulting LLC, a consulting firm specializing on Iran, Middle East, and Central Asia. His book, Temperature Rising: Iran Revolutionary Guards and Wars in the Middle East, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2018.
Before joining the Atlantic Council, Uskowi was a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2013 to 2017, Uskowi worked at the Pentagon serving as the senior policy advisor to the US Central Command (CENTCOM), focusing on geopolitical developments in the Middle East. From 2009 to 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan, serving as the senior political advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s task force for stability operations.
Uskowi frequently speaks and writes on national security and foreign policy issues. He has testified before the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on state sponsors of terrorism. His views have appeared in the BBC World Service’s The Inquiry, BBC Persian, Sky News Arabia, Orient News, Alhurra, Iran International TV, The Hill, and Independent Journal Review, among other media outlets. From 2007 to 2015, Uskowi edited Uskowi on Iran. He began his professional life as a journalist in Iran, and in 1978 became the country’s youngest editor of a major daily newspaper, Neday-e Azadi.
Uskowi holds a BA in international relations at the University of Southern California, and an MA from George Washington University. He lives with his wife, Patti, in Reston, Virginia. He has native fluency in Farsi and Dari.