Major Fellowship Activities: May focused on counterinsurgency, post-conflict reconstruction, and Near East and South Asian issues. He wrote a monograph on the U.S. military’s focus on U.S.-based or multi-national corporations for logistical contracting at the expense of host nation contractors during stability and support operations abroad. He wrote several articles and op-eds for both CDI and other publications. He wrote “Analysis: The 2007 State of the Union Address” for CDI’s Weekly Security Review, “Petraeus: Right Guy, Wrong Time” and “Misdirected Tactics: Counterinsurgency Focus Misses Big Picture in Iraq,” both op-eds in Defense News (the later article was selected by the Council on Foreign Relations as a “Must-Read” for its “seminal analysis and inquiries into foreign policy and national security issues”), “New Justice, No Peace,” an op-ed in the New York Times (reprinted in the International Herald Tribune), “Wasting Money in Iraq” and “Buildup, Not Surge,” both op-eds published by UPI, “Mind the Gap: U.S. Military Structure,” in the International Security Network, and “Opportunity Missed: Logistics Support Contracts with Locals Would Help Stabilize Iraq” in Armed Forces Journal, and was interviewed on Al Jazeera (English) about the surge in Iraq and on Voice of America. He was an invited participant at a conference hosted by the Carr Center for Human Rights of the Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Army Lessons Learned entitled “Escalation of Force,” which sought to resolve the escalation of force tactics of the military with peacekeeping/making operations. He participated in the Carnegie Junior Fellows conference and in the World Security Institute’s board meeting.
Current Activities: May is global Head ofComplex Investigations at HSBC. He previously served as the Weapons of Mass Destruction Section Chief at the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. In this capacity, he was responsible for the administration of Treasury’s sanctions program against individuals and entities supporting Iran, Syria, and North Korea’s proliferation programs. He was previously a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Treasury where he worked as an Intelligence Research Specialist. He worked to provide intelligence analysis to Treasury leadership that allowed them to take appropriate actions as it related to threat finance and counter-terrorism efforts.