Gil Barndollar

About Gil Barndollar

Senior Fellow

Gil Barndollar is a Senior Fellow at CSS and a Senior Fellow at Defense Priorities. From 2018 to 2019 he was Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His writing has appeared in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The Hill, and US Naval Institute Proceedings, among other publications. He provides frequent commentary and analysis on national security and foreign policy to national and international media and has appeared on Fox News and the Fox Business Network.

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 Guantanamo Bay and the Persian Gulf. He continues to serve in the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge, where his dissertation examined small wars and British cavalry mechanization during the interwar period. At CSS Dr. Barndollar is leading a project examining America’s All Volunteer Force and modern conscript armies.

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Publications

“Iraqis, not U.S. troops, must be the ones who counter Iran’s influence in Iraq,” Military Times, May 17, 2020.

“Is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a Vital Ally?” Real Clear Defense, May 6, 2020.

“After Oil Crisis, Let’s Re-evaluate Ties to Saudi Arabia,” Real Clear World, March 30, 2020. (with Sam Long)

“Kurds Betrayal,” Real Clear Defense, October 23, 2019

“The Negotiator or Bolton Lite? Reading Robert C. O’Brien,” Spectator USA, September 19, 2019

“The U.S. Doesn’t Need An Afghanistan Deal. We Just Need to Leave,” The Federalist, September 18, 2019

“4 Things Trump Should Remember As He’s Picking His Next National Security Adviser,” Business Insider, September 11, 2019

“Lost Wars, Lost Victories,” The American Conservative, September/October 2019: 23-26.

“The Options for U.S. Withdrawal in Afghanistan? Either a Bad Deal or No Deal,” Los Angeles Times, August 29, 2019

“War With Iran Would Be Foolish,” Fox News, August 7, 2019

“Mayor Pete’s Shrewd Sunset Strategy,” Spectator USA, August 5, 2019

“What Is Trump’s Military Parade Actually Celebrating?,” The American Conservative, July 3, 2019

“Trump Climbs Down on Iran,” Spectator USA, June 3, 2019

“Kosovo at 20,” The American Conservative (May/June 2019):  25-27

“The Marine Corps Needs Warrant Officer Pilots,” US Naval Institute Proceedings, April 22, 2019

“NATO is 70 and Past Retirement Age,” The National Interest, April 9, 2019

“A French Officer Speaks the Truth About the War in Syria,” Defense One, March 5, 2019

“Macedonia is Set to Join NATO — An Alliance That Can’t Fight,” Defense News, February 14, 2019

“Where Else Are You Going to Go?,” The American Mind, February 11, 2019

“Donald Trump Tries to Triangulate,” The National Interest, February 6, 2019

“The Pentagon Needs a Navalist as Secretary of Defense,” Defense News, January 15, 2019

“There is No Military Victory in Afghanistan,” The National Interest, January 7, 2019