Maxwell B. Markusen

Associate Director and Associate Fellow, Transnational Threats Project

Max Markusen is the associate director and an associate fellow of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he provides analysis on terrorist, insurgent, and state-based threats worldwide. As associate director, he fundraises, develops, and manages short- and long-term research projects and programming. As an associate fellow, he is a contributing author of numerous publications, including The Escalating Conflict with Hezbollah in Syria (CSIS, 2018) and Al Qaeda’s Struggling Campaign in Syria (CSIS, 2018). Previously, he worked as a research associate for Dr. Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, where he studied U.S. civil-military strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan and the political, economic, and social factors contributing to instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He also served as a project manager for the Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS, where he oversaw the design and development of numerous policy-focused websites, award-winning interactive maps, documentaries, and motion graphics videos that augmented CSIS research. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Markusen was a researcher and editor for, an independent research and news website conducting political and military analysis of the Kurdish regions in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey. He holds a B.A. in international relations from Colgate University.

Contact Information
Email: mmarkusen [at]
Tel: 202-775-3251