Deputy Head, US and the Americas Programme
Jacob Parakilas

Contact information

+44 (0)20 7389 3280


Before joining Chatham House, Jacob 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.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

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