Welcome! I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Regional and Analytic Studies at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University in Washington, D.C. I also direct the South and Central Asia Security Studies program which provides graduate level instruction to Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands, Foreign Area Officers, and U.S. government civilians. I teach regional courses on South Asia and Africa, and thematic courses on Statecraft and Policy Analysis. I received a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of California Berkeley (2006), M.A. in Regional Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School (2009), and Ph.D. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School (2014). My research focuses on the function and behavior of paramilitary groups in developing states, with fieldwork and archival research in Afghanistan and Malawi. I am working on two book manuscripts and have published articles in peer reviewed journals such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. I also publish commentary and analysis in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks. You can find me on Twitter: @dearingmp