Christopher Mercado

Major Christopher Mercado, an Active Duty U.S. Army Infantry Officer, will attend the Georgetown Security Studies Program as a General Wayne A. Downing Scholar of the Combating Terrorism Center, USMA. CPT(P) Mercado served three combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat advisor, Provincial Reconstruction Team member, and as a Rifle & HHC company commander. CPT(P) Mercado also aided in the development of the Palestinian Officer Academy in Jericho, West Bank, Israel.

Both of us served in Kunduz from 2011-12, at a time when it seemed as though the province would continue on a trajectory of increasing stability.

So-called “ungoverned spaces” present the United States with significant security challenges in an era characterized by “softened sovereignty."