Dr. Zachary M. Abuza

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights, and maritime security. He is the author of five books, including, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia:  Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation  (2016), Conspiracy of Silence:  The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia (2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001).  He authored the Southeast Asian chapter in the acclaimed study, Leaving Terrorism Behind, as well as the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2015 report on the media and civil society in Vietnam. In addition, he has authored four monographs on security issues in Southeast Asia. He is currently working on a project for the National Defense University's Project in Irregular Warfare, as well as a study on Thai counter-insurgency strategy. He has twice served as a Congressional witness.  In 2004-05, he was a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.  He received his B.A. from Trinity College (1991), and M.A.L.D. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  He is a frequent commentator in the media and has traveled extensively throughout the region. He is an avid cyclist, sea kayaker, and back country skier. The father of twins, he's totally into character building.  He's an accomplished cabinet maker. 


FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: terrorism, insurgencies, peace processes, rule of law, human rights, maritime security


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