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Matthew Hoh

Foreign Policy Analyst

Matthew Hoh is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and is the former director of the Afghanistan Study Group, a network of foreign and public policy experts and professionals advocating for a change in US strategy in Afghanistan. A former State Department official, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals there in September 2009.

Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Hoh served in Iraq; first from 2004 to 2005 in Salah ad-Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then from 2006 to 2007 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Hoh worked on Afghanistan and Iraq policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002 to 2008.

Hoh’s writings have appeared in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Defense News, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The Council on Foreign Relations has cited Hoh’s resignation letter from his post in Afghanistan as an Essential Document. In 2010, Hoh was awarded the Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling. He is a member of the board for the Council for a Livable World and is an advisory board member for Expose Facts. He writes on issues of war, peace and post-traumatic stress disorder recovery at

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