Dr. Jason Warner

Jason Warner, Ph.D.
Foreign Military Studies Office
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Dr. Jason Warner is the Research Director and a Senior Analyst (contract) at the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), with a primary focus on Africa and Terrorism and Transnational Crime. He is the editor-in-chief of FMSO’s monthly publication, Operational Environment Watch, and along with Lucas Winter, he co-leads FMSO’s M-DIME Research Project.

Dr. Warner is a specialist in terrorism, national security, and foreign policy, especially in Africa. His current research focuses on the military influence of China and Russia in Africa and beyond. His previous research agendas have focused on the emergence and spread of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on the African continent (2016-2022) and African foreign policies and international organizations (2011-2016). Before arriving at FMSO, between 2016 and 2022, Dr. Warner served as a civilian Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), where he also led Africa research in the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) as a core faculty member.

Dr. Warner is currently a Senior Associate in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Africa Program and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also serves as an online, Adjunct Professor in the American University’s School of Public Affairs and in Penn State’s Department of Political Science.

He is the author or editor of three books:

  • Pledging Allegiance: The Islamic State’s Global Provinces in Comparative Perspective (forthcoming, Columbia University Press,  co-author with Amira Jadoon and Daniel Milton).
  • The Islamic State in Africa: Emergence, Evolution, and Future of the Next Jihadist Battlefront (2022, Hurst and Oxford University Press, primary author, with Ryan O’Farrell, Heni Nsaibia, and Ryan Cummings).
  • African Foreign Policies in International Institutions (2018, Palgrave-Macmillan, co-editor with Timothy Shaw).

He has published in various top academic journals including, International Studies Review, Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, African Studies Review, and many others. In the popular press, his work has been cited in various international outlets, including the BBC, CNN, The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, among others. He sits on the editorial boards of African Security and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Dr. Warner holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in Government from Harvard University, an M.A. in African Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in International Studies and French from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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