James Siebens is the Research Associate for Diplomacy of Force, a project led by Stimson co-founder Barry Blechman. Siebens previously served as the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Stimson Center. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Siebens held a contract appointment with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, where he worked as a Data Analyst on a Defense Department project related to Gray Zone conflict. He previously served as the Coordinator for Research and Prospect Management in the Office of Development at American University, while pursuing graduate studies.
Siebens holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Security from American University’s School of International Service. His master's thesis focused on the efficacy of foreign intervention in civil wars, and the political effects of third-party counterinsurgency campaigns. Siebens’ primary research areas include grand strategy, foreign military intervention, civil war, gray zone conflict and hybrid warfare. He also studies the role of the media in U.S. politics, particularly foreign policy.