Tim Nichols » People

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Tim Nichols

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Executive Director, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program Duke UniversityDepartment of Political Science School Duke University Work Phone: (910)658-6441
: Tim Nichols (B.A, UVA, M.A, USF, M.B.A.,NCSU) Tim served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations and counterterrorism fields. His overseas experience spans deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Africa, Central America, and the Pacific. He has been designated as a Regional Affairs Officer for East Africa. While in Iraq, he led a joint interagency task force in tracking and targeting the migration paths of foreign extremists traveling to Iraq for violent activities. Prior to his retirement from the military, Tim taught courses in Leadership, Ethics, and Management at Duke, UNC, and NC State for four years. In addition to his consulting activities, Tim is currently a research fellow and visiting associate professor of the practice in the School of Public Policy at Duke University. His research interests and teaching responsibilities include intelligence, interagency coordination, national security, homeland security and counterterrorism policy.
: Executive Director, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program
: Duke
: American Studies
: Active
: Counterterrorism National Security Policy Intelligenc