Alice Butler-Smith - Defense professional

Dr. Alice Butler-Smith is a historian, has been a Professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas since January 2005, and serves as adjunct graduate faculty in the Department of History at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She came to Fort Leavenworth from London where she taught in Mediterranean Studies at Kings College, University of London. She received her PhD in history with specializations in Modern Middle East History, American Diplomatic History, International Relations and Comparative Politics. At SAMS she instructs in subjects related to the Middle East: Middle East history/cultural and strategic context; US-ME strategy; Islam and ME religions; terrorism and COIN; identity theory and conflict; strategy, planning; SOD, CACD, strategic design and operational art. Research interests include the Israel-Arab conflict, Jewish and Palestinian identity, relationships between identity/self-understanding and strategic thinking, military theory, and strategy. She is a James B. Pearson Fellow and a Fellow of the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University. She has supported the regional alignment mission of US Army 1AD in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, as well as 1ID planning for the OIR Mosul Mission. Dr. Butler-Smith continues to serve an advisor on Middle East issues to members of Congress and senior military leaders.