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Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons is an analyst in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where he works on multidisciplinary studies for sponsors in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Joint Staff, with a focus on defense strategy and force planning. From 2010-12, he served in OSD as an advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. Dr. Fitzsimmons has also worked extensively on issues related to counterinsurgency and Iraq, and spent several months as an advisor to operational and strategic headquarters staffs in Iraq during 2007-08. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Fitzsimmons has published articles in Survival, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Joint Force Quarterly, and Defense and Security Analysis. He has advanced degrees in international affairs and business administration from Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. in international security policy from the University of Maryland.
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Western thinking on counterinsurgency seems to be that success in countering insurgencies depends on a perception of legitimacy among local populations. However, it may be more correct to consider the identity of who governs, rather than on how whoever governs governs.