Alex Michael Gallo
Senior Associate (Non-resident), International Security Program
Expertise: Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, China, Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Defense Budget, Defense Strategy and Capabilities, Defense and Security, Economics, Europe, Geopolitics and International Security, India, Japan, Korea, Long-Term Futures, Middle East, NATO, North Africa, Pakistan, Post-Soviet Europe, Russia, Russia and Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Trade and International Business, Turkey
Associated Programs: International Security ProgramAlexander Gallo is a senior associate with the CSIS International Security Program, where he focuses on Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific policy; counterterrorism; and building partner capacity / security assistance issues. He is also a national security practitioner in residence with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, a fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and an opinion contributor with the Hill. Mr. Gallo served as a professional staff member with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), where his portfolio included Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific policy. Prior to his service on the HASC, he was an Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point and served as deputy director of the Combating Terrorism Center. In that role, he taught undergraduate West Point cadets; national security professionals, analysts, and agents at the federal and state levels of government; and international security practitioners through Interpol. Mr. Gallo served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer, which included a peacekeeping deployment to Kosovo in 2002 and a combat tour in Iraq in 2004. In the U.S. Army Reserves, he was an assistant professor of military science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His writing has been featured in Foreign Affairs, National Review, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. He earned a B.S. in American politics, policy, and strategy from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has completed the Council on Foreign Relations Term Member program and is a lifetime member of the Society of the First Infantry Division and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.