The next year or 18 months is going to be absolutely critical for the development of Iraqi politicsIraqi political outlook grim, scholar says Dec 10, 2008
There are people who believe that he deliberately intends to make himself a dictatorIraqi political outlook grim, scholar says Dec 10, 2008
If the government fails to deliver on basic services and other needs of the Iraqis, Sadr followers could use their new organization to tell people they should look to them as the voices of changeMoqtada Sadr is neither down nor out in Iraq Aug 15, 2008
We are doing it, and all the other smart aspects of the new Baghdad security plan, very late in the dayIraq security stations hampered by trust Mar 20, 2007
They're keeping control over the population and preventing the population from throwing off the shackles of Saddam's regimeBasra revolt report bolsters oil bears Mar 25, 2003
Kenneth Michael Pollack (born 1966) is a noted former CIA intelligence analyst and expert on Middle East politics and military affairs and is currently the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has served on the National Security Council staff and has written several articles and books on international relations.
Pollack obtained a BA from Yale University, in 1988, and went on to earn a PhD from MIT in 1996. He has served in a variety of roles in government. From 1988 until 1995, he was analyst on Iraqi and Iranian military issues for the Central Intelligence Agency. He spent a year as Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs with the United States National Security Council. In 1999, he rejoined the NSC as the Director for Persian Gulf Affairs. He also served two stints as a professor with the National Defense University.
Outside of government, he worked for the Brookings Institution as the director of research at its Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He is also a Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, an international strategic consulting firm. He previously worked for the Council of Foreign Relations as their director of national security studies. He has also written four books, the first two of which were published in 2002. His first monograph, Arabs at War, examined the foreign policy of six Arab nations in the years between World War II and the Persian Gulf War.