David H. Ucko, Adjunct Faculty

Dr. David H. Ucko is an associate professor and the director of the Combating Terrorism and Irregular Warfare Fellowship Program (CTIWFP) 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, teaching classes in social movement theory and non-state mobilization. In 2003-2016, he helped run the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, focusing on the challenges of third-party intervention in war-to-peace transitions. In 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.

David H. Ucko Counterinsurgency in Crisis


He is the co-author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare (Columbia University Press, 2013),

David H. Ucko The New Counterinsurgency Era

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).

He is also widely published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, and Small Wars & Insurgencies among other peer-reviewed journals.


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

Dr. David H. Ucko