Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program
Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee, serving the full committee and managing the U.S. Central Command/Middle East defense policy portfolio, as well as issues related to security assistance
Lord previously served as the Iraq country director in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and as a political military analyst in the Department of Defense. At the request of the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Lord served as a political officer during two temporary detail assignments at U.S. Embassy Baghdad in 2018. He also previously worked in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection.
Lord is the author of several articles on Middle East policy, published in War on the Rocks, as well as “Undercover Under Threat: Cover Identity, Clandestine Activity, and Covert Action in the Digital Age,” published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.
Lord holds an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in international studies from Vassar College.
Recent Publications & News
In The NewsExclusive: Austin approves downgrade of 5 general officer jobs at embassies
By Jonathan Lord
CommentaryWant more capable military partners? Empower and promote Foreign Area Officers.
By Jonathan Lord
Press NoteCNAS Responds: Previewing President Biden's Middle East Trip
By Richard Fontaine, Jonathan Lord, Lisa Curtis & Rachel Ziemba