Andrew C. Winner is the Chair of the Strategic Research Department and a Professor of Strategic Studies at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His areas of focus are South Asia, the Middle East, nonproliferation, maritime partnerships, and maritime strategy. He is director of the Indian Ocean Studies Group at the Naval War College. In June 2007, he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work on the Navy’s new maritime strategy. Prior to his current appointment, he was a senior staff member at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. Prior to joining the Institute, he held various positions at the U.S. Department of State on the staff of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs and in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs where he worked on nonproliferation, security in the Persian Gulf including negotiating access and prepositioning agreements, arms transfer policy, NATO enlargement, and security assistance. He also worked on rotational assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on conventional arms control. He is co-editor with Peter Dombrowski of the forthcoming The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security, Georgetown University Press, 2014. He is also the co-author of Indian Naval Strategy in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2009. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an A.B. from Hamilton College.