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Russell Crandall

Professor of Political Science
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

Primary Research Interests

International politics, with a focus on Latin America.


He has served as a policy adviser for the administrations of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Department of Defense and director for Andean affairs at the National Security Council.

He also has served as a national security aide at the National Security Council, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a consultant for the World Bank, Andean Development bank, and the United Nations, where he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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America's Dirty Wars

Our 200-year history of irregular warfare is something we don't readily understand, and this lack of understanding and awareness prompted Crandall to write the book, America's Dirty Wars. Before we can address future conflicts, we need to understand what we have done in the past and what we are doing today.

Books & Publications

Crandall's books include: America's Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Salvador Option: U.S. Counterinsurgency and Nation-building in El Salvador, 1977-1992.

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