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Jordan Tama

Assistant Professor
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Research Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
    Co-Director, Bridging the Gap Project
  • Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making, including presidential-congressional relations, national security strategy, intelligence and counterterrorism policy, and the role of blue-ribbon commissions. He is the author of Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and of articles that have appeared in a variety of leading publications. Dr. Tama has served as a senior aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a foreign policy speechwriter, and as an intelligence and counterterrorism policy advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; MPA, International Relations, Princeton University; B.A., Williams College

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • “Crises, Commissions, and Reform: The Impact of Blue-Ribbon Panels,” Political Research Quarterly (Forthcoming).
  • "From Private Consultation to Public Crusade: Assessing Eisenhower’s Legislative Strategies on Foreign Policy,” Congress and the Presidency (February 2013).
  • "Congress Is Already Post-Partisan: Agreement Across the Aisle on U.S. Foreign Policy,” with Joshua W. Busby, Jonathan Monten, and William Inboden, Foreign Affairs (January 28, 2013).
  • “The Best Way to Investigate Benghazi,” Washington Post (November 18, 2012).
  • Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • "In Defense of the Back-Room Deal," The New York Times (October 19, 2011).
  • "Three Cheers for Blue-Ribbon Panels," Wilson Quarterly (Summer 2011).
  • "The Power and Limitations of Commissions: The Iraq Study Group, Bush, Obama, and Congress," Presidential Studies Quarterly (March 2011).
  • "Intelligent Design," Foreign Policy (January 11, 2010).
  • "The U.S. Congress and North Korea During the Clinton Years: Talk Tough, Carry a Small Stick," with Robert M. Hathaway, Asian Survey (September/October 2004).     

Media Appearances

  •  NBC News 4, Fox 5 News, National Public Radio, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, CNN.com, Politico, Newsday, Euronews, RT America      

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship, 2013-14 
  • Council on Foreign Relations Term Membership, 2012-17
  • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, 2011-12.
  • Fellow, Truman National Security Project, 2005-present.
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship, 2007-2009.      


Professional Presentations

  • “The Purpose and Impact of Quadrennial Reviews in U.S. National Security Policy,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting (April 2013) 
  • “Is Foreign Policy Bipartisanship Still Possible? Congress, Foreign Policy, and the Promotion of Human Rights,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting (April 2013)
  • “The U.S. Foreign Policy Making Process,” Keynote Addresses, State Department International Visitors Leadership Program, Washington, DC (March 2013, November 2012, September 2012, March 2012)
  • “The Policy Making Value of Blue-Ribbon Commissions,” Briefing to U.S. Senate Staff (July 2011)
  • “Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (May 2011)

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Area of Expertise: Foreign policy, national security strategy, terrorism, intelligence, Congress, the presidency, advisory commissions

Additional Information: Jordan Tama
specializes in national security policy and the foreign policy-making process. He is the author of Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has also published articles in a variety of scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, Foreign Policy, The Wilson Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and The Hill. Tama has served as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton and as a member of the intelligence and counterterrorism expert advisory groups for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. His media appearances include NBC News, USA Today, FoxNews.com, Politico, and RT America.

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