Dr. Michael Vlahos is a member of the Senior Professional Staff in APL's National Security Analysis Department. APL is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to solving a wide range of complex problems that present critical challenges to the nation. Dr. Vlahos is the author of the 2002 APL paper Terror's Mask: Insurgency Within Islam, which has become basic reading at several universities and war colleges. His second APL paper, Culture's Mask: War and Change After Iraq, was published in September 2004 and explores the impact of the war on both military and world change. In his latest work, Two Enemies: How Change Comes to the Muslim World, Dr. Vlahos describes how the Middle East conflict has evolved into a conflict between the United States and its Arab supporters and two enemies or fighter groups.
Dr. Vlahos also formerly served as Director of the U.S. State Department's Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs and as Director of Security Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was foreign affairs and national security commentator for CNN for many years and appeared regularly on Good Morning America and Canada AM as well. He has also published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Review, Washington Quarterly, The Times Literary Supplement, and Rolling Stone. He is a regular contributor to TechCentralStation.com. Dr. Vlahos received his B.A. from Yale College and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.