Cody Retherford joined the American Foreign Policy Council as a Junior Fellow in May 2020. He has conducted research on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and state proxy, cyber, and information operations and strategy. He also has a background in market research and geopolitical risk analysis. Cody holds a BA in International Affairs and Middle East Studies. He is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) pursuing an MA in International Economics and International Affairs. Prior to attending SAIS, Cody served as a US Army Officer on active duty for 5 years in light infantry and special operations organizations. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support. He has also supported combat operations against terror groups across the Middle East.