Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)

Research Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2008-2009

Joseph Felter is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Felter retired from the US Army as a colonel in 2011 following a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer. He has conducted foreign internal defense and security assistance missions across East and Southeast Asia and has participated in operational deployments to Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He led the International Security and Assistance Force, Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, in Afghanistan, reporting directly to Generals Stanley McChrystal and and David Petraeus and advising them on counterinsurgency strategy.

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Strategika: “What’s Good Enough in Afghanistan?” with Joe Felter

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Strategika
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Retired Colonel Joseph Felter explains the problems facing America in Afghanistan and what the United States can do to address them.

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How Good is Afghan Good Enough?

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Strategika
Saturday, March 1, 2014

U.S.-led Coalition forces have made significant and hard-earned progress building the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to take the lead in providing the security needed to bring stability, development, and governance to this persistently impoverished country with little history of effective centralized rule.

The Enemies of Our Enemy

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.), Brian Fishmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We may not yet know what to do about the Islamists fighting in Libya, but we do know not to repeat certain mistakes. By Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman.

Graffiti depicts Muammar Gaddafi's demise in Libya
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The Enemies of Our Enemy

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.), Brian Fishmanvia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Libya contributed hundreds of the fiercest foreign fighters to Iraq's al Qaeda-led insurgency. Should Washington be worried that it's now backing these guys against Qaddafi...?

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Iranian Strategy in Iraq: Politics and "Other Means"

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Monday, October 13, 2008

This report addresses Iran's dual-strategy of providing military aid to Iraqi militia groups while simultaneously giving political support to Iraqi political parties...