Dr. Alex Crowther
Adjunct Research Professor of National Security Studies
Dr. Alex Crowther is an adjunct Research Professor of National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute and does research for the Swedish Defense University. He is also is a Visiting Research Professor at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice in the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He routinely travels and lectures in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Alex has spent over 30 professional years working on strategy and international affairs and strategy, including a decade each in the Cold War, the post-Cold War era and the post 9/11 era. He served overseas eight times: three times in Latin America, twice in Korea, twice in Iraq and once in Belgium. He has a wide variety of awards and decorations including the US Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star as well as the State Department Meritorious Honor Award and the Canadian Land Force Achievement Award. His work at the strategic level includes tours at the Pentagon, as a Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute and as a Senior Research Fellow on NATO/Europe and Cyber Policy at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He was personally selected to be a Counterterrorism Advisor for the US Ambassador to Iraq, a Political Advisor for the Multinational Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) Commander, a Special Assistant for the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), a Strategic Planner directly supporting the Presidential Envoy for Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) and the Strategic Planner for the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Syria. He was also an adjunct Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, the world’s first massive multiplayer online consultancy.
He has published in a variety of formats and locations since 2005. In 2019 he published One Hundred Years of US Information Competition in the Fletcher Forum and the co-authored Are China and Russia on the Cyber Offensive in Latin America and the Caribbean? at New America. Alex also teaches at the graduate level. In addition to his teaching duties at FIU, he teaches for the College of Information and Cyberspace at the U.S. National Defense University and teaches and facilitates the Cybersecurity Leadership & Strategy Certificate Program in both English and Spanish for the Organization of American States.
Alex has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in International Development from Tulane University. He was also an International Security Studies Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. He has professional fluency in Spanish and capability in Portuguese. He specializes in NATO and Europe; cyber policy; strategy; unconventional forms of conflict (e.g. insurgency, hybrid and information competition); Western Hemisphere issues; international development; Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) issues and the Comprehensive Approach.