Paul Edgar

Paul  Edgar
Associate Director, Clements Center for National Security


Paul Edgar is the Interim Executive Director of the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas and studies the historical origins of diplomacy, war, and strategy in pre-classical antiquity.

Before entering academia, Paul served more than 22 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom I as the security advisor to Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Scott Redd in the Coalition Provisional Authority. Paul returned to Iraq during the 2006-2007 surge, and then deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-2009 for counterinsurgency and combat operations. Subsequently, he served as the executive assistant to the commander of the Kingdom of Jordan’s Special Operations Command; the battalion commander of 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry in The Old Guard; and as the political advisor for Israeli affairs to the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem.