Jonthan Stevenson Bio

Jonathan Stevenson

Senior Fellow for US Defence; Editor of Strategic Comments

Expertise: US defence strategy; Middle East regional affairs; terrorism/counter-terrorism; homeland security; political Islam

Main responsibilities: Jonathan is the editor of Strategic Comments and a contributing editor of Survival; he conducts primary research, publishes and comments on US defence, Middle East security and counter-terrorism; he also consults on and contributes to IISS blogs.

Background: Jonathan Stevenson is IISS Senior Fellow for US Defence and Editor of Strategic Comments. From 2005–2016, he was professor of strategic studies in the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI. From 2011–2013, he served as National Security Council Director for Political–Military Affairs, Middle East and North Africa, at the White House. Prior to joining the War College faculty, from 1999–2005, he was Senior Fellow for Counter-terrorism and editor of Strategic Survey at the IISS. He has published several books and monographs (including two Adelphi Papers); numerous policy articles on terrorism, political Islam, and Middle Eastern and African security in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and Survival; and many op-eds. During the 1990s, he covered sub-Saharan Africa (mainly Somalia) and Northern Ireland as a journalist for The Economist, Newsweek, the New Republic, and other publications. Before turning to international affairs, he practiced law with the New York firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Stevenson has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Joined IISS: February 2016

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