SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
Jason Blazakis is a Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center. He is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) where he focuses on threat financing, sanctions, violent extremism, and special operations related research. He is also the Director of MIIS’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism where he directs research on domestic terrorism, terrorism finance, recruitment, propaganda, conspiracy theories, disinformation, and the use of special operations to counter transnational threats. CTEC provides expert guidance to and reports on the nature of far-right and far-left wing extremism to world-leading Silicon Valley companies as they fend off extremist efforts to abuse their platforms. Jason also serves as a Senior Advisor with The Soufan Group, supporting public and private sector clients in navigating an increasingly complex security landscape.
From 2008-2018, he served as the Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. In his former role, Jason was responsible for directing efforts to designate countries, organizations, and individuals as terrorists, also known as State Sponsors of Terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Global Terrorists. From 2004-2008, Jason previously held positions in the Department of State’s Political-Military Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Intelligence and Research Bureaus, and at U.S. Embassy Kabul.
Prior to working at the Department of State, Jason served as a domestic intelligence analyst at the Congressional Research Service. In addition, he was the national security adviser to a United States Congressional Representative. He also has worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration.
Jason is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Jason is also on the editorial advisory board for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and also a board member at the Accelerationism Research Consortium.
He has published articles in Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TIME, Foreign Affairs, The Hill, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lawfare and many other publications. He regularly is quoted by the media (New York Times,Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC, amongst others) on a wide range of terrorism and sanctions related matters. He is also writing a book on counterterrorism financing for Cambridge University Press.
He holds degrees from the University of Mississippi, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University.
CONFERENCES & EVENTS
The Atomwaffen Division: A Case for Sanctions?
May 28, 2020
World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area
Financing Terror: ISIS and Antiquities
January 28, 2019
The Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters
Foreign Terrorist Organizations: Policy Tools, Designation, and Financing.
October 31, 2018
Using a Terrorism List to Squeeze Cuba and Venezuela
May 31, 2020
Better intel could help the US designate white supremacist groups as terrorists
March 25, 2020
The Trump-Netanyahu Alliance Is Endangering Americans and Israelis
February 3, 2020
Brexit Could Spark a Return to Violence in Northern Ireland
January 22, 2020
What’s the New Terror Financing Executive Order All About?
September 17, 2019
Why Trump’s Latest Move Against Iran Was Pointless—and Dangerous
April 9, 2019
RADIO & PODCAST INTERVIEWS
Cash Only Podcast
Happy Hour with Jason Blazakis
February 4, 2020
Rethinking CT: A Conversation with Jason Blazakis
The Lawfare Podcast
Mary McCord and Jason Blazakis on Criminalizing Domestic Terrorism