Andrew Exum

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Andrew Exum is a Fellow with the Center for a New American Security, joining CNAS after five months field research in Lebanon. He frequently writes opinion articles and has published one book. and is the founder of the counter-insurgency blog Abu Muqawama.

U.S. Army

Exum served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 2000 until 2004. He led a platoon of light infantry in Afghanistan in 2002 and a platoon of Army Rangers in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Most recently, Exum served as an advisor on the CENTCOM Assessment Team.


Exum studied classics and English literature at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He speaks Arabic and French.