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Dr. Alex Crowther

Adjunct Research Professor
Area(s) of Expertise: Western Hemisphere, COIN, Joint / Interagency / Intergovernmental / Multinational Issues, Reserve Components

Photo Dr. Glenn Alexander Crowther grew up in Ethiopia, Brasil, Bolivia, and Indonesia, where his father worked as a civil engineer. He spent 30 years on active duty with the U.S. Army, including a decade each in the Cold War, the post-Cold War era, and the post-September 11, 2001, era, and retired as a colonel. He started out as a light infantry officer and later worked as a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and Strategic Plans & Policies Officer. He served overseas eight times: three times in Latin America, twice in Korea (including command of a company in the United Nations Command Security Force – Joint Security Area – Pan Mun Jom (UNCSF-JSA), and the Cheju-do Training Center), twice in Iraq and once in Belgium. He is Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Ranger qualified and has the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. Dr. Crowther served six Joint tours. His work at the strategic level includes tours at the Army Staff, the Joint Staff J5 (Strategic Plans & Policies), and as a Research Professor at Strategic Studies Institute. He was personally selected to be a Counterterrorism Advisor for the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, a Political Advisor for the MNC-I Commander, and a Special Assistant for the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He is currently a Senior Analyst for Wikistrat, the world’s first massive multiplayer online consultancy which leverages a global network of subject-matter experts. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). Dr. Crowther has extensive experience as a public speaker and as a conference organizer. He was the lead planner for the SSI/FIU/USSOUTHCOM/INSS Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium series 2004-10, and a co-founder of the Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) series 2005-10, which involved Queen’s (University) Centre for International Relations (QCIR), Queen’s University’s Chair of Defence Management Studies, SSI, and the Canadian Land Force Doctrine and Training System. He was also an International Security Studies Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Dr. Crowther has made presentations at Miami, Kingston, Ontario, and various locations in and around Washington, DC. He was also an invited speaker at the Escola de Comando e Estado Maior do Exército (ECEME—the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College/War College) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Academia de Guerra (ACAGUE—the Chilean Army Command and General Staff College/War College) in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Crowther has published several monographs and chapters in edited volumes to include Security Requirements for Post-Transition Cuba (2007); Tailoring a U.S. Embassy for Stability and Reconstruction Operations in Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies (Dr. Greg Kaufmann, ed., 2008); “The Embassy at War” in Campaigning Magazine (2008); and “NATO should take the lead in Police Training” in NATO Defense College Forum Paper Series #11 (Dr. Christopher Schnaubelt, ed., 2009), as well as several opinion editorials including The Return of the Latin American Left (March 2005), Canadian Defense Policy—A breath of Fresh Air (July 2006), After Fidel, The Deluge? (March 2008), Chavez—The Beginning of the End (June 2008), and Kiss the Embargo Goodbye (February 2009). Additionally, he was the author, co-author or editor for a variety of articles and opinion editorials that appeared between 2010-12 in Foreign Affairs, Prism, per Concordium (the publication of the George C. Marshall Center), Frontiers in Development Forum proceedings (published by USAID), and a TED Talk. He has also been cited in numerous publications. Dr. Crowther specializes in strategy; Western Hemisphere issues; international development; insurgency/counterinsurgency; Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) issues and the Comprehensive Approach. Dr. Crowther 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.

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