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Jesse Driscoll

Associate Professor; Chair, Global Leadership Institute

Jesse Driscoll is an associate professor of political science and serves as chair of the Global Leadership Institute at the School. He is an area specialist in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Russian-speaking world.

His first book, “Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States,” (2015) is published in the Cambridge Studies on Comparative Politics series. The book maps the processes by which well-functioning domestic hierarchies emerged after relatively short periods of anarchic violence in Georgia and Tajikistan. Driscoll argues that when a state has failed, and promises by the nearby great power (in this case Russia) to provide security guarantees are not credible, policy-makers would do well consider state-building as a complex coalition formation process by local violence entrepreneurs (warlords). His second book (forthcoming 2020) is a practitioner's guide to fieldwork methods for academic researchers.

For more information, please visit Jesse Driscoll’s personal site

Education and CV

Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University, 2009
M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University, 2001
B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2001

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Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea
Jan. 23, 2020 | New research shows real-time social media data may have been a source of military intelligence for the Kremlin and potentially other governments

Jesse Driscoll named 2016 CESS Book Awardee
Nov. 16, 2016 | Via a Q&A, we dive into how the assistant professor’s book, ‘Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States,’ came about and what this award means.

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book“Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States”
Jesse Driscoll (UC San Diego)
Cambridge University Press (2015)