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Professor of Practice; Director of Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism

Jason Blazakis
McGowan Building MG200F
(831) 647-4634

Jason Blazakis is a terrorism expert who devises strategies to prevent terrorists from gaining access to money and publicity. From 2008-2018, he served as the Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. In his former role, Jason was responsible for directing efforts to designate countries, organizations, and individuals as terrorists, also known as State Sponsors of Terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Jason previously held positions in the Department of State’s Political-Military Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Intelligence and Research Bureaus, and at U.S. Embassy Kabul.

Prior to working at the Department of State, Jason served as a domestic intelligence analyst at the Congressional Research Service. In addition, he was the national security adviser to a United States Congressional Representative.

Jason is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He is also the President of Riptide Threat Mitigation Group, Inc., a geopolitical risk consultancy.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Areas of Interest

Jason’s areas of interests include sanctions, terrorism financing, terrorist motivation and behavior, counterterrorism methods, violent extremism, terrorist use of the internet, terrorism and the media, and the role of intelligence in informing national security decision-making.


Academic Degrees

MA in International Relations and National Security Studies, Columbia University, 2003

MA in Government, Johns Hopkins University, 2001

BA in Political Science, University of Mississippi, 1997


“Border Security and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” Congressional Research Service. January 2, 2004.

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