Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Kopp is an Army Officer with 26 years of federal service. He is Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also an Andrew Goodpaster Fellow at the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security. His research and policy interests include human rights, civil war termination, military education and training, and security assistance.
Previously, he was the Director of South America Political-Military Affairs at the US Southern Command, the Talent Manager for China, Latin America, and Africa Foreign Area Officers, an Army Program Manager at the US Embassy in Guatemala, and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. Colonel Kopp has lived and worked on five continents in his career to include three tours leading counter IED forces in Iraq and work in Colombia advising the Ministry of Defense on the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of the FARC after 50 years of conflict. He has served as an elected member and president of a school district board of education and as a sexual assault victim advocate.
Lieutenant Colonel Kopp holds a PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia, an MA in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, a graduate diploma in Strategic Studies from the Guatemalan War College, and a BA in History from the University of Florida.