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Politics Faculty

Jonathan Askonas – Assistant Professor


Jon Askonas works on the connections between the republican tradition, technology, and national security. He is currently working on a manuscript examining post-war organizational forgetting processes in militaries. The book will address the relationship between how the US Army organizes itself for war, how it adapts to new challenges (using case studies from Vietnam and Iraq), and why it forgets much of what it has learned after the war winds down. He is also working on essays on the deep political, moral, and practical implications of the volunteer military and on the connection between artificial intelligence research and authoritarian surveillance. 
He has a BS in International Politics (summa cum laude) from Georgetown University and a MPhil(Merit) in International Relations from Oxford, and is imminently awaiting the defense of his DPhil at Oxford. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, US Embassy in Moscow, and the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, and his work has been supported by the Beinecke Scholarship, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Cyril Foster Fund. His writing has appeared in Russian Analytical Digest, Triple Helix, The New Atlantis, Fare Forward, War on the Rocks, and the Texas National Security Review. 


Publications, Presentations, and Media 

Journal Articles 
“Thinking Failure in the War in Iraq: The Cultural Turn and the Concept of ‘World’” (w/Katherine Withy) in Bubbio, Diego & Jeff Malpas (Eds.), Why Philosophy Matters, Berlin: De Gruyter (Forthcoming 2019).
“The Triple Helix After Communism: Russia & China Compared,” (w/ Harley Balzer) Triple
Helix, 3.1 (2016).
“Innovation in Russia & China Compared,” (w/ Harley Balzer) Russian Analytical Digest,
No. 155, 2-10 (2014).



Media Appearances

"From Tech Utopia to Tyranny" [Feature Article], The New Atlantis (Winter 2019).
"The Armed Forces Arithmetic isn't Adding Up" (w/ Dennis Laich and Gil Barndollar), The Hill (2018).


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  • POL 112 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 433 – Russian Foreign Policy
  • POL 333 – Republic or Empire? Ideas in American Foreign Policy
  • POL 654 – Russian Foreign Policy (graduate)


University of Oxford
Oxford, UK – Ph.D., 2019

University of Oxford 
Oxford, UK – M.Phil., 2015

Georgetown University 
Washington DC– B.A., 2013               


Areas of Expertise

  • International relations
  • National security
  • Russia