Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme
Jacob Parakilas
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+44 (0)20 7389 3280


Jacob Parakilas is assistant head of the US and the Americas Programme. Before joining Chatham House, he worked for Action on Armed Violence, a London-based non-governmental organization. His research has largely focused on American foreign policy and international security issues. Originally from Lewiston, Maine, Jacob holds a BA in International Relations from Hampshire College, an MLitt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has also worked at the World Security Institute, the Arms Control Association and the US Department of Homeland Security.


  • US foreign policy
  • International security
  • Small arms
  • Drugs trade
  • US-Mexico border security
  • Organized crime


2013-14Head of Weapons, Action on Armed Violence
2009-13PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science
2007-08Case Analyst Team Lead, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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  • English (native)