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Gregory D. Johnsen

Gregory D. Johnsen

جريجوري جونسون

Resident Scholar


Gregory D. Johnsen is a Resident Scholar at the Arabia Foundation specializing in transnational jihadist groups, counter-terrorism, and Yemen. Prior to joining the Arabia Foundation, Gregory served on the Yemen Panel of Experts for the United Nations’ Security Council. Earlier in his career, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan and as BuzzFeed’s inaugural Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow where he won the National Press Foundation’s Dirksen Award and a Peabody Award with Radiolab. Gregory was a Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in Egypt, and is the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, Master’s degrees from Princeton and the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in Nebraska.


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