Samuel Helfont is an assistant professor of Strategy and Policy in the Naval War College's program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is the author of “Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq” (Oxford 2018). He has written for Foreign Affairs, The Middle East Journal, Orbis, The New Republic, The American Interest, War on the Rocks, among other outlets. Helfont holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University. He also completed a three year post-doctoral lectureship at the University of Pennsylvania.