Peter Crawford is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is a Captain in the United States Air Force where he has spent the last six years in Special Operations. During that time he deployed both to Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan where he was engaged in counter terrorist operations. His research and interests deal with long term policy and strategy to counter violent extremist organizations. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Foreign Area Studies in Africa and a Master’s degree from George Washington University in Safety and Security Leadership.