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Claire Metelits

School of International Service, American University.

Claire Metelits is professor in the Program of Global Governance, Politics and Security in the School of International Service at American University.

Metelits was previously a visiting scholar at Davidson College. She was the Regional Scholar for Africa at the Cultural Knowledge Consortium (a DNI-directed program) from 2012-2013.

Prior to this, she worked as an advisor and researcher for the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Djibouti.

Metelits has conducted research on insurgent groups and other non-state actors in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, and Colombia and has interviewed members of the Taliban, the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

She has also conducted monitoring and evaluation in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Swaziland. Currently, she is writing a book on African security issues (Rowman-Littlefield). She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming book on democratic contestation in Africa (Lexington Books).

Last Updated: June 20, 2017