Jonathan Stevenson

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Jonathan Stevenson is a former lawyer and journalist turned defence analyst and terrorism expert. He is currently professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategic Research Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College.


Stevenson joined the War College’s civilian faculty in 2005. From 1999–2005, he was Senior Fellow for Counter-terrorism and Editor of Strategic Survey at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. In 2004–05, he was also Director of Studies of the IISS–US in Washington. As a writer and journalist, he has lived in and covered conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa and Northern Ireland from 1992 to 1999. He practiced law for six years with the New York City law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.[1]



  • Jonathan Stevenson, We wrecked the place: contemplating an end to the Northern Irish troubles

(New York: Free Press, 1996) (ISBN: 068482745X; 9780684827452)

  • Jonathan Stevenson, Losing Mogadishu: Testing U.S. Policy in Somalia (Naval Institute Press, 1995) (ISBN: 1557507880; 9781557507884)

Articles on terrorism

  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Kenya too important to let collapse’, The Baltimore Sun, 6 January 2008
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The Somali Model?’, The National Interest, July 2007 - August 2007
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘What next in Somalia?; A fleeting victory’, The International Herald Tribune, 9 January 2007
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘A Fleeting Victory in Somalia’, New York Times, 8 January 2007
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘"Special" Forces’, The National Interest, November 2006 - December 2006
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Bin Laden TV’, Wall Street Journal, 23 January 2006,
  • Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Her Majesty's Secret Service’, The National Interest, 2005 Winter/2006 Winter
  • Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Thinking Outside the Tank’, The National Interest, 2004/2005 Winter
  • Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The Road to Damascus’, Foreign Affairs, May 2004 - June 2004
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The new face of old-style terrorism; The bin Laden effect’, The International Herald Tribune, 3 December 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The Two Terrorisms’, New York Times, 2 December 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Al-Qaeda focuses on targets rich with symbolism’, The Times, 21 November 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Al-Qaeda may be weaker, but also harder to eliminate’, The Times, 17 May 2003
  • Dana H. Allin And Jonathan Stevenson, ‘U.S. shoots itself in the foot; Punishing France’, The International Herald Tribune, 2 May 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘How Europe and America Defend Themselves’, Foreign Affairs, March 2003 - April 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The Qaeda Vipers In Europe's Bosom’, New York Times, 1 February 2003
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Pre-emptive treading on toes could hurt war on terror’, The Australian, 5 December 2002
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Lessons from Kenya: Al Qaeda threat is now truly global’, Wall Street Journal, 2 December 2002
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘The Long Spoons of Ulster’, The National Interest, 2002 Summer
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Somalia Redux?, Wall Street Journal, 3 January 2002
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘Why the IRA Should Decommission’, Newsweek, 16 July 2001
  • Jonathan Stevenson, ‘A Future Without Losers’, Newsweek, 13 December 1999





  1. Transatlantic Instutite, Lunch Briefing with Jonathan Stevenson 27 March 2006, (accessed 6 June 2008)