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Carter Malkasian is the special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford. He has extensive experience working in conflict zones and has published several books. The highlight of his work in conflict zones was nearly two years in Garmser district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a State Department Political Officer. Before that, Dr Malkasian deployed as a civilian advisor with the Marines twice to Iraq, for a total of 18 months, in Al Anbar in 2004 and 2006. Other field assignments have been to Honduras, Kuwait (OIF-1), Kunar (2007–2008), and Kabul as Political Advisor to General Dunford (2013–2014), the Commander of all US and Allied forces in Afghanistan. From May 2012 to May 2013, Dr Malkasian directed the office of overseas operations within the US State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. From October 2006 to July 2009, he directed the Stability and Development Program at the Center for Naval Analyses, the think tank for the US Navy and Marine Corps. His most recent book is War Comes to Garmser (2013), which won the silver medal for the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award for 2014. Other publications include A History of Modern Wars of Attrition (2002), The Korean War, 1950–1953 (2001), and ‘War Downsized: How to Accomplish More with Less’ in Foreign Affairs. Dr Malkasian completed his doctorate in history at Oxford University. He speaks Pashto.