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Howard Gambrill Clark, Ph.D.

Howard Gambrill Clark, Ph.D. has specialized in influence strategies and psychological warfare for over 22 years.

He graduated from Yale University with a degree in international relations focusing on the Middle East.  While a student, Dr. Clark was a writer for U.S. Information Agency's Middle East / South Asia Division; served on the staff of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo via a Department of Defense grant.

After Yale, Dr. Clark served as policy analyst in the Executive Office of the President for the President’s Chief Economic Adviser, focusing on counterterrorism. Following the White House, Dr. Clark served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence officer and multi-national / special-unit commander with multiple deployments to Iraq as well as Afghanistan and the Philippines.

After military service, Dr. Clark was presidentially appointed as Department of Homeland Security Chief Intelligence Officer's Special Assistant. Then, as Senior Intelligence Analyst for Homeland Security Counter-Radicalization, Dr. Clark helped lead the Intelligence Community in intelligence support to countering violent extremism. He was then promoted to Senior Intelligence Officer for Homeland Security Operations Intelligence (headquarters) before acting as consultant (contracted Senior Intelligence Analyst) to Special Operations Command's Counter-Radicalization Branch.

While earning his Ph.D. from King's College London War Studies, he served as senior counter-violent-extremism adviser and trainer for USAID, USSOCOM, USDA, DOS, Special Forces, USMC, NATO, and partner governments in southwest Asia and Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Recent positions includes:

  • CEO, Stability Institute (non-profit) - training and advising special operators and stabilization professionals on defeating extremist groups throughout five continents.

  • Faculty, National Defense College (UAE) - director and coordinator for 'Countering-Violent-Extremism,' 'Information and Cyberwarfare,' 'Media and National Security,' and 'International Security' programs (sponsored by the U.S. National Defense University)

  • Lecturer, Civil and Political School (Ukraine)


He is now the president of Narrative Strategies, where he teaches and researches the fields of strategic influence, psychological warfare, counterterrorism, and countering violent extremism. He is also an associate professor of influence strategy and psychological warfare in Washington, DC.

Select books / theses:

  • Information Warfare: The Lost Tradecraft, Narrative Strategies, LLC, Washington, DC, 2017

  • Information as an Instrument of State Power: A Primer, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2017

  • Countering Violent Extremism: A Primer, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2017

  • Defeating Violent Extremists: The Tradecraft, UAE National Defense College, UAE General Headquarters, 2016

  • Village Stability Operations, U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, 2015 (coauthor)

  • Lions of Marjah: Why Marjah’s Militia Combats Violent Extremists, King’s College London thesis, 2014

  • Revolt Against Al-Qa`ida: A Strategy to Empower Muslims and Collapse International Insurgency, Light of New Orleans Publishing, New Orleans, 2010

  • Narrative Analysis: Taliban, Special Operations Command, Tampa, 2010 (coauthor)

  • Kill Al Qaeda, Light of New Orleans Publishing, New Orleans, 2009


Select articles:

  • “Money and Stabilization,” National Defense Journal, National Defense College, UAE, June 2017

  • “The Responsibility to Protect in the Context of State-Sponsored Terror,” Defense and Intelligence Norway,” July 2016 (coauthor)

  • “Go Local,” American Interest, July/August 2015

  • “Regimental Effects Operations Center: Enhancing Situational Awareness and Achieving Unity of Effort in Nonkinetics,” The Marine Corps Gazette, Volume 96, Issue 8, 2012 (supporting author)

  • “Ending Al Qaeda,” American Interest, Volume 6, Number 6, July/August 2011 (coauthor)

  • “The Accidental Ideologue,” Jane's Terrorism and Security Monitor, 2010

  • Twenty-eight classified or official-use-only cross-Intelligence-Community strategic assessments on countering al-Qa`ida for cabinet-level leaders and White House, 2007 – 2009

  • Three National Economic Council damage assessments for potential biological terrorist attacks, 2001

  • Six articles on Middle East leadership and Iraqi resistance for Department of State, 1999

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