As director of research, Dr. Joseph Siegle directs the Africa Center’s research program with the aim of generating practical, evidence-based policy analysis that can contribute to addressing ongoing and over-the-horizon security challenges in Africa. Dr. Siegle also oversees the Africa Center’s Fellows program, which aims to enrich understanding of Africa’s strategic and security priorities by providing an international platform for African scholars and practitioners.
Dr. Siegle’s research focuses on the relationship between governance, security, and economic development. His writings explore the processes and pitfalls of democratic transitions; Africa-wide security challenges and trends; stabilization strategies for fragile states; security sector governance; countering violent extremism; and strengthening institutions of accountability.
Prior to joining the Africa Center, Dr. Siegle served in a variety of scholar and practitioner roles. He was a Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, a senior advisor for democratic governance at the international consulting firm DAI, a country director with the international nongovernmental organization World Vision, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. He has worked in some 40 countries around the world, including numerous conflict-affected areas in western, southern, and eastern Africa.
Dr. Siegle earned his Ph.D. in international security and economic policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and holds an M.A. in agricultural economics, with an emphasis on African food security, from Michigan State University.
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