Nicholas A. Heras
Senior Analyst, Program Head, Human Security Unit
Nicholas A. Heras is Senior Analyst and Program Head for State Resilience and Fragility in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Prior to the Newlines Institute, he was the Director of Government Relations and the Middle East Security Program Manager at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Before ISW, Nicholas was the Middle East Security Fellow and the 1LT Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., USA Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Foundation. Nicholas served as a Research Associate at the National Defense University from 2013-2014, where he was responsible for managing field research and analysis for a project for the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. He was a David L. Boren Fellow based in Beirut, Lebanon from 2010-2011, and previously worked as the Research Associate at the American University Center for Global Peace where he managed field research and analysis for several projects focused on Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.
Nicholas has authored or co-authored numerous reports and analytical articles on topics concerning Global and Middle East security issues, presented widely on these topics to multiple U.S. government and military agencies, and non-government organizations. He has been a frequent commentator to the media on Global and Middle East security issues including to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, Forbes, USA Today, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Public Radio International, Stars and Stripes, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, Vice News, BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Company, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiyya, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Reuters, Mother Jones, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Guardian, and The Telegraph. He tweets at @NicholasAHeras.
In this episode of the Newlines Institute’s Contours podcast series, geopolitical analysts and Russia experts Jeff Hawn and Sim Tack join the Newlines Institute’s Caroline Rose and Nicholas Heras to break down the future of Russia after the country’s September 2021 parliamentary elections.
As Turkey has expanded its regional influence, Greece increasingly led efforts to counterbalance Ankara’s aggression.
In this episode of “Roamings and Reflections,” humanitarian assistance and international development expert Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff joins host Nicholas Heras to recount the massive effort to evacuate Afghans as the Taliban seized Kabul. Ghosh-Siminoff provides an account of one of the most unique civil society efforts in U.S. history as America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan came to a chaotic end.
The Taliban want international recognition for their government in Afghanistan, but they are not likely to change their ways for the long term. Meanwhile, they will probably face some resistance both domestically and among Afghanistan’s neighbors as security concerns mount in South and Central Asia.