Max Markusen

Max Markusen is a climate and security fellow with Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs involved in global crisis zones research.  


Max is also an associate fellow and associate director of the Transnational Threats (TNT) Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he conducts research on terror, insurgent, and criminal networks and the impact of government responses, through targeted field work and an extensive network of specialists from government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Previously, he worked as a research associate for Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, where he studied U.S. civil-military strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan and the political, economic, and social factors contributing to instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He also served as a project manager for the Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS, where he oversaw the design and development of numerous policy-focused websites, award-winning interactive maps, documentaries, and motion graphics videos that augmented CSIS research. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Markusen was a researcher and editor for, an independent research and news website conducting political and military analysis of the Kurdish regions in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey. He holds a B.A. in international relations from Colgate University.