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Jahara "Franky" Matisek

Program Area(s):  International Relations; Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  Africa; Middle East

Subfield Specialties:  Africa; Middle Eastern Politics

Dissertation Title:

The Development of Strong Militaries in Africa: The Role of History and Institutions

Dissertation Committee:  Will Reno, Marina Henke, and Paul Staniland (University of Chicago)

Research Interests: Military Interventions, African Politics, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency, Institutions



  • Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), Sponsored by the Saltzman Institute, Columbia University (2017 SWAMOS Fellow)
  • SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program (2017-2018 Participant)
  • Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild 2017 Writing Contest; Finalist Article: "Dealing with the Arab Spring from the Combined Air Operations Center"The Strategy Bridge 2017 Writing Contest; (top 10%)
  • Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft, Sponsored by Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas - Austin (2016 Fellow)
  • Honorable Mention Article: "The Death of American Conventional Warfare: It’s the Political Willpower, Stupid"
  • 2016 General Larry D. Welch Deterrence Writing Award, presented by Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander United States Strategic Command at The Deterrence Symposium.
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