Gil Barndollar

Gil Barndollar is Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His research currently focuses on security in the Persian Gulf and on proxy wars throughout the region.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Barndollar served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a light armored reconnaissance platoon commander and as a combat advisor with the Georgian Army. He also led a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon during deployments to the Persian Gulf and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

His writing has been published in outlets including USA Today, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The Hill, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Defense One, and the Journal of Military Operations. He is an active member of the Society for Military History, the Marine Corps Association, and the International Commission of Military History. Dr. Barndollar currently serves as Military Fellow-in-Residence at the Catholic University of America’s Center for the Study of Statesmanship.

Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Keasbey Scholar. His dissertation examined British small wars and imperial policing during the interwar period.