Jonathan Askonas

About Jonathan Askonas

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics

Jon Askonas works on the connections between the republican tradition, technology, and national security. He is currently working on a manuscript examining post-war organizational forgetting processes in militaries. The book will address the relationship between how the US Army organizes itself for war, how it adapts to new challenges (using case studies from Vietnam and Iraq), and why it forgets much of what it has learned after the war winds down. He is also working on essays on the deep political, moral, and practical implications of the volunteer military and on the connection between artificial intelligence research and authoritarian surveillance.

He has a BS in International Politics (summa cum laude) from Georgetown University and a MPhil(Merit) in International Relations from Oxford, and is awaiting the defense of his DPhil at Oxford in November 2018. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, US Embassy in Moscow, and the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, and his work has been supported by the Beinecke Scholarship, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Cyril Foster Fund. His writing has appeared in Russian Analytical Digest, Triple Helix, Fare Forward, War on the Rocks, and the Texas National Security Review.