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Dr Jack

Research Fellow

Dr Jack Watling is a Research Fellow at RUSI, responsible for the study of Land Warfare. His interests include overseas capacity building, counterterrorism operations in complex environments, civil war dynamics, and the balancing of near-peer and non-peer threats. He recently completed a detailed study of British training and assistance programmes in Yemen between 2004-2015.

His PhD examined the evolution of Britain’s policy responses to civil war in the early twentieth century. As a Hobsbawm Scholar, he completed an MA in Contemporary History and Politics with Distinction, and a BA in History, at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2018 he co-convened a conference on Irish Rebellion and Militancy in Transnational Perspective.

Prior to joining RUSI Jack worked as a journalist, contributing to Reuters, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Haaretz, and others. He has worked in Iraq, Mali, Rwanda, Brunei, and further afield, has embedded with Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, and the Burkina Faso Army. Jack was shortlisted for the European Press Prize Distinguished Writing Award in 2016, and won the Breakaway Award at the International Media Awards in 2017.

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