Jason H. Campbell

jason campbell
Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office

Education

M.A. in international affairs, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, Amherst College

Media Resources

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Overview

Jason H. Campbell is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on issues of international security, counterinsurgency, intelligence, and measuring progress in post-conflict reconstruction. He is currently serving a two-year assignment as Country Director for Afghanistan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. His most recent work has concentrated on reconciliation and reintegration efforts in Afghanistan, the development of the Afghan national security forces, and the United States' transition in Iraq. In a previous position at the Brookings Institution, Campbell co-authored The Iraq Index and established The Afghanistan Index and The Pakistan Index projects. He is a regular contributor to War on the Rocks and his writing has also appeared in the Journal of Military History, Policy Review, and the Harvard International Review, as well as in the op-ed pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Campbell has also authored a chapter on U.S.-Saudi security relations in the forthcoming book, Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf (U.S. Naval Institute Press). Campbell earned his M.A. in international affairs from Catholic University

Recent Projects

  • Interagency Coordination in Overseas Peacekeeping Operations
  • Assisting Third Parties in Counterinsurgency Missions
  • Security Force Assistance in Afghanistan
  • Reconciliation and Reintegration in Afghanistan

Selected Publications

Stephen Watts, Jason H. Campbell, Patrick B. Johnston, Sameer Lalwani, Sarah H. Bana, Countering Others' Insurgencies: Understanding U.S. Small-Footprint Interventions in Local Context, RAND (RR-513-SRF), 2014

Richard R. Brennan, Charles P. Ries, Larry Hanauer, Ben Connable, Terrence K. Kelly, Michael J. McNerney, Stephanie Young, Jason H. Campbell, K. Scott McMahon, Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of United States Forces-Iraq, RAND (RR-232-USFI), 2013

Jason H. Campbell "The Ties that Bind: The Events of 1979 and the Escalation of U.S.-Saudi Security Relations," in Jeffrey R. Macris and Saul Kelly, Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf, Naval Institute Press, 2012

Ben Connable, Jason H. Campbell, Bryce Loidolt, Gail Fisher, Assessing Freedom of Movement for Counterinsurgency Campaigns, RAND (TR-1014-USFOR-A), 2011

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: CNN; New York Times; Sirius XM Radio; Wall Street Journal

Commentary: U.S. News & World Report; War on the Rocks

Commentary

  • Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference in Kabul, September 29, 2015

    The Fall of Kunduz and What It Means for the Future of Afghanistan

    After the fall of Kunduz, Afghan officials and their coalition partners need to ask some hard questions about where their efforts have gone wrong and what can be done to recover.

    Oct 7, 2015 War on the Rocks

  • Afghan security forces sit on top of a vehicle as they patrol outside of Kunduz city, October 1, 2015

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Fighting in Kunduz

    The Taliban battled its way into the center of Kunduz this week, with media reports saying it seized control of the northern Afghanistan city at least for a time. A trio of RAND experts participated in a Q&A on the situation and its significance.

    Oct 2, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • An Afghan National Security Forces soldier keeps watch in Kabul, November 23, 2013

    A Better Afghan Strategy: Lose the Timeline

    It's in America's strategic interest to once and for all do away with its arbitrary timeline in favor of a strategy that provides its Afghan partners with something to preserve and nurture, not something to dread losing.

    Mar 26, 2015 War on the Rocks

  • Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani inspects the honour guard during a graduation ceremony at the National Military Academy in Kabul, March 18, 2015

    Q&A: What to Expect from Ghani's U.S. Visit

    With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's first official visit to the United States set to begin Sunday, a trio of RAND researchers discuss what to expect after the president and his chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah, arrive in Washington.

    Mar 20, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Afghan National Army soldiers walk at the Forward Base in Nari district near the army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014

    What's the Plan? The Afghan National Security Forces

    The Afghan National Security Forces remain very much a work in progress. In the coming months, the resiliency and cohesiveness of the ANSF will be put to the test as the NATO coalition transitions to a non-combat mission. Growing pains can be expected.

    Dec 2, 2014 War on the Rocks

  • Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a blast in Kabul November 18, 2014

    What's the Plan? The NATO Coalition in Afghanistan

    The imminent changes to the NATO mission in Afghanistan will be profound and, more crucially, carry unpredictable outcomes. After January 1, the removal of tens of thousands of coalition troops will trigger an inevitable period of adjustment as all sides involved in the conflict press for a new equilibrium that tilts in its favor.

    Nov 19, 2014 War on the Rocks

  • Afghanistan's CEO Abdullah Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani walk with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, October 3, 2014

    What's the Plan? The Afghan Government

    With the election dispute having reached a settlement, one can sense a feeling of hope and opportunity among the Afghan political spectrum. Members of each camp are voicing optimism and saying the right things, but before the unity government can address the litany of issues facing the country, it must first successfully clear the hurdle of appointing new leadership.

    Nov 10, 2014 War on the Rocks

  • Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul listen to his speech during the presidential campaign in Kabul March 5, 2014

    The Pernicious Effects of Uncertainty in Afghanistan

    While upcoming elections and sustained Taliban attacks are keeping many Afghans on edge, the greatest long-term threat to Afghanistan right now is the slow, insidious rot of uncertainty that is permeating nearly every facet of Afghan society.

    Mar 12, 2014 War on the Rocks

  • Afghan policemen inspect the wreckage of a bus hit by a suicide attack in Kabul claimed by the Taliban

    Take Two for the Taliban?

    This time, the Taliban do not have the luxury of ingratiating themselves as purveyors of justice amidst chaos, only to later reveal themselves as bullying extremists. Moreover, in a post-9/11 world the international community now understands the potential ramifications of allowing such extremism to metastasize unchecked.

    Feb 13, 2014 U.S. News & World Report

  • People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad August 15, 2013

    Reading the Tea Leaves in Iraq

    The United States should not be too quick to write off Iraq based on recent violent trends, says Jason Campbell. After all, if there is anything that should be remembered from years past it's that the Iraqi populace can endure astonishing levels of violence and still maintain confidence in the survival of the state.

    Aug 19, 2013 War on the Rocks

  • Taliban insurgents turning themselves in to Afghan National Security Forces

    Bringing the Taliban to the Table: Long-Term Prospects for the Afghan Peace Talks

    The Afghan government and the Taliban have signaled that the United States would be the most suitable third-party interlocutor and most effective at holding the parties to their word in any agreement. Yet the U.S. must accept that the timeline must be organically determined by the Afghans and not manufactured to meet a predetermined schedule, writes Jason Campbell.

    Oct 11, 2012 The RAND Blog

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