Christopher Holshek, Colonel (retired), U.S. Army Civil Affairs, is a Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's "Veterans for Smart Power" program, a Senior Associate at Protect the People, a prominent member of the UN Association, and a former Senior Associate at the Project on National Security Reform. His three decades of civil-military experience includes command of the first U.S. Army Civil Affairs battalion to deploy to Iraq, from which he was featured in Tom Rick’s Fiasco, 60 Minutes II, PBS Newshour, and Arte TV. An international consultant on civil-military relations and peace operations, he is a rare American who served in UN field missions in civilian and military capacities. He writes extensively on peace and security and civil-military topics, and his op-eds and articles appear regularly in Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post and many other publications worldwide.