Nicholas A. Heras
Deputy Director, Human Security Unit
Nicholas A. Heras is the Deputy Director of the Human Security Unit, the custodian of the State Resilience and Fragility Program, and a coordinator for academic initiatives across the New Lines Institute. Prior to the New Lines 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.
These experts discuss the history of religious nationalism on the Indian Subcontinent since the end of British colonialism and the partition of India and Pakistan, the development of religious-political mass movements in India and Pakistan, and how elites in both countries are seeking to harness such movements now.
Although Ukrainian forces have trained to carry out an insurgency after the war if needed, Russia has plans of its own for Ukraine that include both military and diplomatic counterinsurgency strategies. The overarching outcome Russia seeks is to divide Ukraine into multiple entities and ensure that a potential Western Ukraine is hobbled so it poses no threat to Russian and pro-Russian forces in the east.
In the first Contours podcast of 2022, Nicholas Heras is joined by war reporter Jake Hanrahan to discuss the future of conflict and the breakdown of the post-World War II global system. Hanrahan is the founder of Popular Front, a disruptive media organization that seeks to provide nuanced, gritty, and deeply human reporting on under-covered conflicts in the world.
Moscow’s buildup near Ukraine has thus far been more about extracting concessions from NATO than preparing for an invasion. Nevertheless, a conventional military conflict could still happen despite the strong consequences it would incur from the U.S. and its Western allies.