Christopher Varhola

Colonel Christopher Varhola, USAR, is an African Foreign Area Officer and Civil Affairs Officer.  He is a Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University and was recently chief of planning for the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, as well as the governance section chief for Regional Command-South in Afghanistan in 2012-2013.  Previous assignments include ceasefire monitor in the Sudan, ARCENT G9 in Saudi Arabia, and multiple tours in Iraq.  He holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.  He currently lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In a world of over seven billion people, the human domain and civil concerns on the battlefield are not distracters to be ignored or sidestepped by the military.