Aram Nerguizian is a senior associate with the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, where he conducts research on strategic and military dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa. During his time at CSIS, Nerguizian has focused on specialized themes such as U.S. and Iranian strategic competition in the Levant, Syrian instability and regional competition, Hezbollah, the Lebanese Armed Forces, security sector reform, and challenges to civil-military relations and force development in post-conflict and divided societies. He is frequently consulted by governments and the private sector, appears regularly on CNN, BBC News, Al-Jazeera, CBS News, VOA and PBS, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, the Associated Press, and other news outlets on security issues in the Middle East.
Nerguizian has authored or coauthored a number of books and reports on the Middle East and regional security issues. Major reports for the Burke Chair include Competing Strategic Interests and the Military and Asymmetric Dimensions of Regional Instability (2013); The Proxy War in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and Syria (2013); Instability in Syria: Assessing the Risks of Military Intervention (2011); The Arab-Israeli Military Balance: Conventional Realities and Asymmetric Challenges (2010); The Gulf Military Balance in 2010: An Overview (2010); The Lebanese Armed Forces: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Syria Lebanon (2009). His books include The North African Military Balance: Force Developments in the Maghreb (2009) and Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and the Prospects of War (2008). Nerguizian received his M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, his B.A. in political science from Concordia University in Montreal and his Global Executive M.B.A. (GEMBA) from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. He has also received security assistance training from the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM).