Jordan R. Reimer

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Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.A. in international relations, Princeton University; A.B. in politics, Princeton University

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Jordan Reimer is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, working in the Defense and Political Sciences department. A recipient of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative fellowship, Reimer served as a policymaker at the State Department, Department of Defense, and Joint Staff on issues related to Middle East policy, strategic planning, the Quadrennial Defense Review, and media relations. He has lived in Egypt and Yemen and consulted on international development projects related to social entrepreneurship in the Arab world. Prior to joining RAND in 2017, Reimer worked as an intelligence analyst for the New York City Police Department, where he specialized in counterterrorism investigations related to the Syrian civil war, the foreign fighter threat, and illicit finance networks. He is also a lecturer and course instructor on conflict and insurgency in the post–Arab Spring Middle East, radicalization, and political Islam, most recently at New York University. In June 2020 Reimer joined the Council on Foreign Relations as a term member. He holds an M.P.A. in international relations from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. 

Recent Projects

  • Terrorism Prevention Study
  • Stabilization and Civilian Security in Yemen
  • Trends in U.S. Jihadist Terror Plots
  • Using AI/ML to Identify and Counter White Supremacist Activity on Social Media

Selected Publications

Trevor Johnston, Matthew Lane, Abigail Casey, Heather J. Williams, Ashley L. Rhoades, James Sladden, Nathan Vest, Jordan R. Reimer, Ryan Haberman, Could the Houthis Be the Next Hizballah?: Iranian Proxy Development in Yemen and the Future of the Houthi Movement, RAND Corporation (RR-2551), 2020

Brian A. Jackson, Ashley L. Rhoades, Jordan R. Reimer, Natasha Lander, Katherine Costello, Sina Beaghley, Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically-Motivated Violence, RAND Corporation (RR-2647), 2019

Marek N. Posard, Marta Kepe, Hilary Reininger, James V. Marrone, Todd C. Helmus, Jordan R. Reimer, From Consensus to Conflict: Understanding Foreign Measures Targeting U.S. Elections, RAND Corporation (RR-A704-1), 2020

Elvira N. Loredo, Karlyn D. Stanley, Ryan Consaul, Jordan R. Reimer, Anita Szafran, The End of Sanctuary: Protecting the Army’s Installations from Emerging Threats, RAND Corporation (RR-A107-1), 2020

Adam R. Grissom, Samuel Charap, Joe Cheravitch, Russell Hanson, Dara Massicot, Christopher A. Mouton, Jordan R. Reimer, Russia’s Growing Presence in Africa: A Geostrategic Assessment, RAND Corporation (RR-4399), 2022 (forthcoming)

, Staying the Unfavorable Course: National Security Council Decision-Making and the Inertia of US Afghanistan Policy, 2002-2016 (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal for Mission and Impact, RAND




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