Jordan R. Reimer

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Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A. in international relations, 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, he 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. Reimer 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, he 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. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Reimer has an M.P.A. in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. 

Recent Projects

  • Terrorism Prevention Study
  • Stabilization and Civilian Security in Yemen
  • Trends in U.S. Jihadist Terror Plots
  • Uncovering Extremist Paths Through Words: Assessing the Impact of Online Alt-Right Propaganda
  • State and Local Cybersecurity Operations




  • A demonstrator holds a picture of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest in Tehran, Iran, January 3, 2020, photo by Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/Reuters

    Iran Claws Back Its Regional Influence

    Last year, Iran faced protests at home as well as in Iraq and Lebanon, where thousands rallied against Tehran's regional hegemony. But with its recent machinations and the fallout over the killing of Soleimani, Iran has succeeded in changing the regional conversation.

    Jan 17, 2020 The World Post

  • An Iraqi demonstrator gestures during the ongoing anti-government protests in Najaf, Iraq, November 18, 2019, photo by Alaa Al-MarjaniReuters

    The Arab Spring in the Upside-Down

    Where the original Arab Spring protests removed authoritarian leaders, the current demonstrators in Iraq and Lebanon are trying to topple popularly elected governments. This could have dramatic implications for the future of representative democracy in the Middle East.

    Nov 21, 2019 The World Post

  • Flowers and candles at a memorial five days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, August 8, 2019, photo by Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters

    No Need to Wait for Congress to Address Mass Shootings

    After three mass shootings in the span of a week left 53 wounded and 34 dead, pressure is mounting on Congress to respond with legislation to restrict access to guns and ammunition. But there is no need to wait for new laws. There are steps that can be taken immediately that evidence suggests could help prevent attacks or reduce the death toll from them.

    Aug 23, 2019 The Hill