Wikistrat Expert Colonel (Ret.) Christopher Holshek

Colonel (Ret.) Christopher Holshek

Senior Associate with the Project on National Security Reform

Christopher Holshek is an international peace & and security consultant focusing on civil-military relations in policy and practice as well as peace operations related civil-military training and education. A Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and was recently a Senior Associate with the Project on National Security Reform as well as Country Project Manager in Liberia for DoD’s Defense Institutional Reform Initiative working in Africa on defense ministerial capacity development in order to promote civilian oversight of the military.

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Biography

Christopher Holshek is an international peace & and security consultant focusing on civil-military relations in policy and practice as well as peace operations related civil-military training and education. A Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a civil-military strategic analyst with Wikistrat, he was recently a Senior Associate with the Project on National Security Reform as well as Country Project Manager in Liberia for DoD’s Defense Institutional Reform Initiative working in Africa on defense ministerial capacity development in order to promote civilian oversight of the military.

A retired U.S. Army (Reserve) Civil Affairs officer, he has three decades of civil-military experience at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in joint, interagency, and multinational settings across the full range of operations, among them command of the first CA battalion to deploy to Iraq in support of Army, Marine and British forces, as well as Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination for the UN Mission in Liberia and the European Command’s Military Representative at USAID.

In addition to numerous contributions to U.S. Army, Joint, NATO, and United Nations civil-military, peace and stability operations, he has published extensively on national security strategy and civil-military, stability, and peace operations. An executive director of the Cornwallis Group, a director in the Civil Affairs Association, and a visiting lecturer at George Mason University, he has been blogging for The Huffington Post since December 2010.

Wikistrat Analytic Community
Colonel (Ret.) Christopher Holshek is a Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community

Academic Qualifications:
M.S. Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College; M.A. International Relations, Boston University; B.A. German and History, George Washington University; B.A. International Affairs, George Washington University; A.A. Liberal Arts and Military Science, New Mexico Military Institute

Areas of Expertise:
National Security and Strategic Management Reform
Multinational, Interagency, and Civil-Military Operations
Peace and Stability Operations
United Nations Peace Support Operations
Security and Defense Sector Reform
Africa

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/chrisholshek

Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christopher-holshek/1a/842/aba

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