Paul holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Texas and studies the historical origins of diplomacy, war, and strategy in pre-classical antiquity. He is also a philologist of several ancient languages, and his public writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, Task & Purpose, and Capital Commentary. He is currently finishing his first book, an international diplomatic history of the Late Bronze Age. Before entering academia, Paul served more than 22 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, beginning as a platoon leader in Korea and then in the 75th Ranger Regiment. His military career includes multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, service as the executive assistant to the commander of the Kingdom of Jordan’s Special Operations Command, command of the 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry in The Old Guard, and service as the political advisor for Israeli affairs to the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem.