David H. Ucko, Adjunct Faculty

Dr. David H. Ucko is an associate professor and the director of the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University. His research areas include civil war, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and war-to-peace transitions. Dr. Ucko is also an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a class on social movement theory and armed mobilization. Between 2003-2016, he helped run a research project at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, on the challenges of third-party intervention in war-to-peace transitions. Between 2008-2010, Dr. Ucko was a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, Germany, and at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC. From 2001-2003 he served as Deputy Defence Analyst (Armed Conflict) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) in London, where he helped create and develop the Armed Conflict Database.

Dr. Ucko obtained his Doctoral and Masters degrees at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and his B.Sc. in International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.

He is the co-author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare (Columbia University Press, 2013), author of The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Reintegrating Armed Groups after Conflict (Routledge, 2009).

David H. Ucko The New Counterinsurgency Era

He is published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, and his most recent article have touched upon Countering Violent Extremism, the criminal insurgency within Rio’s favelas, and the politics of counterinsurgency in the Malayan Emergency. Dr. Ucko’s publications are listed and can be accessed via david-ucko.com.

David H. Ucko Counterinsurgency in Crisis

Listen to Dr. Ucko discuss his 2013 book, Counterinsurgency in Crisis, with Dr. Mark Stout, Director of the MA in Global Security Studies program.

David H. Ucko