Nathan Toronto is the commissioning editor of the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS) at the Carnegie Middle East Center. His work focuses on civil-military relations, battlefield effectiveness, military recruitment and education, and Middle East security, especially in the Gulf region.
Previously, Toronto was a founding faculty member at the UAE National Defense College (2013-2019), and taught military operations and strategy at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (2009-2013). He was also a researcher at the US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center and the Foreign Military Studies Office. He is the author of How Militaries Learn: Human Capital, Military Education, and Battlefield Effectiveness (2018), and editor, with Daniel G. Cox, of Stability Economics: The Economic Foundations of Security in Post-Conflict Environments (2012). He is the author of a widely-used country-year data set on conscription, and he has published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Armed Forces & Society, among other outlets.