James J. Coyle is the author of Russia's Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts (2017). Over the past 30 years, Dr. Coyle has held a number of positions in the federal government, including director of Middle East studies at the U.S. Army War College; first secretary for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara; senior political analyst for Palestinian affairs; and special assistant to the FBI/New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is co-author of "Politics of the Middle East: Culture and Conflict" published in December 2003 by Prentice-Hall (Second Edition: 2007.) Coyle speaks and/or reads Turkish, Persian, and French in various degrees of proficiency. He received his bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, his master's degree in public administration from Temple University, and a PhD in political science from George Washington University. His dissertation topic was "Nationalism in Iranian Kurdistan."