Zach Coles is the Middle East Researcher for ISW’s Middle East Security Project. Zach graduated from American University in 2018 with a B.A. in economics and international relations. In 2021, he received his M.A. in strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he focused on civil-military relations in non-state actors. Prior to joining ISW, Zach spent time as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and worked as a research associate at ACG Analytics.