J. Matthew McInnis is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on Iran, specifically its intentions, strategic culture, military power, and goals. He also works on US defense and regional security issues in the Persian Gulf (Iran, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula) and on the effectiveness of the US intelligence community.

Before joining AEI, McInnis served as a senior analyst and in other leadership positions for the US Department of Defense.

McInnis has a master’s degree in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and another master’s degree in European studies from New York University. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Eckerd College in Florida.


  • Senior Analyst, US Department of Defense, 1998–2013
    • Senior Iran Analyst, US Central Command (CENTCOM), 2010–13
    • Senior Leadership, Analytic and Advisory Positions, Multi-National Force–Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq (in support of Generals George W. Casey Jr., David Petraeus, and Raymond T. Odierno), CENTCOM, 2006–07
    • Analyst, Strategic Planning and Leadership Positions Covering Iran, Iraq, the broader Middle East, South Asia, China, and Counterproliferation Issues, 1998–2010


M.A., international relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
M.A., European studies, New York University
B.A., international studies, Eckerd College