Seth Jones

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Topic: Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida after 9/11

Seth G. Jones is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He most recently served as the representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations. Before that, he served as a plans officer and advisor to the commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces, in Afghanistan (Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command–Afghanistan).

Jones specializes in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al Qa’ida. He is the author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan (W. W. Norton), which won the 2010 Council on Foreign Relations Silver Medal for Best Book of the Year and The Rise of European Security Cooperation(Cambridge University Press, 2007).

His most recent book is Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida After 9/11 (W. W. Norton, forthcoming). He has published articles in a range of journals, such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, as well as in such newspapers and magazines as the New York TimesNewsweekWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Jones received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


  • Seth G. Jones, Afghanistan’s Local War: Building Local Defense Forces, W.W. Norton (MG-1002-MCIA), 2010
  • Seth G. Jones, Counterinsurgency in Pakistan, RAND (MG-5982-RC), 2010
  • Seth G. Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan, W.W. Norton, 2010
  • Seth G. Jones, “It Takes the Villages: Bringing Change from Below in Afghanistan,” Foreign Affairs, 89, 2010

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