Jason M. Blazakis

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Jason M. Blazakis is a professor of practice at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, director of its Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, and a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center. From 2008 to August 2018, he was director of the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism Finance and Designations. He also worked at State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and was a domestic intelligence analyst with the Congressional Research Service.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Sudan at a Crossroads: Rethinking U.S. Policy

Editor’s Note: Sudan is in the throes of revolution, raising hopes that a government with a brutal history may be at an end. Sudan, however, could also follow the path of Libya, Yemen and other countries where hopeful revolution devolved into civil war and slaughter. Jason Blazakis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies argues that a U.S. role in Sudan's transition is critical.

Foreign Policy Essay

Pakistan’s Proxies: The Kashmir Attack and U.S. Policy Response

At least 40 Indian soldiers and local officials were killed in a suicide attack on Feb. 14 that targeted a large military convoy traversing Indian-controlled Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), claimed responsibility for the attack, but there are reasons to doubt its credibility.

Foreign Policy Essay

American Terrorists: Why Current Laws Are Inadequate for Violent Extremists at Home

Editor’s Note: For the U.S. government, terrorism is a foreign-linked danger, not a domestic one. Groups that foment violence at home are criminal and investigated as such, but a terrorism label is not used. Jason Blazakis, a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey who for many years ran the office at the State Department in charge of terrorist designations, argues that we need to change. He proposes a structure for designating domestic terrorist groups and otherwise putting them on par with their foreign counterparts.