Dr. Joseph Siegle

siegle_02Director of Research

As director of research, Dr. Joseph Siegle directs the Africa Center’s research program with the aim of generating practical, evidence-based policy analysis that can contribute to addressing ongoing and over-the-horizon security challenges in Africa. Dr. Siegle also oversees the Africa Center’s Fellows program, which aims to enrich understanding of Africa’s strategic and security priorities by providing an international platform for African scholars and practitioners.

Dr. Siegle’s research focuses on the relationship between governance, security, and economic development. His writings explore the processes and pitfalls of democratic transitions; Africa-wide security challenges and trends; stabilization strategies for fragile states; security sector governance; countering violent extremism; and strengthening institutions of accountability.

Prior to joining the Africa Center, Dr. Siegle served in a variety of scholar and practitioner roles. He was a Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, a senior advisor for democratic governance at the international consulting firm DAI, a country director with the international nongovernmental organization World Vision, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. He has worked in some 40 countries around the world, including numerous conflict-affected areas in western, southern, and eastern Africa.

Dr. Siegle earned his Ph.D. in international security and economic policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and holds an M.A. in agricultural economics, with an emphasis on African food security, from Michigan State University.

Areas of Expertise

Democratization, Stabilization of Fragile States, Africa Security Trends, Security and Development, Countering Violent Extremism

Contact

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Article

Constitutional Design: Vital but Insufficient for Conflict Management in Africa

By Joseph Siegle

Ethnopolitics, Spring 2016

Testimony

The Political and Security Crises in Burundi

By Joseph Siegle

United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, December 9, 2015

Blog post

Why Term Limits Matter for Africa

By Joseph Siegle

International Security Network, July 3, 2015

Article

Security Sector Reform in Times of Democratic Reversal

By Joseph Siegle

Security and Peace, January 2015

Book Chapter

“ICT and Accountability” in Bits and Atoms: Information and Communications Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood. Stephen Livingston and Gregor Walter-Drop, eds.

By Joseph Siegle

2014

Article

Sustaining Reliable Partnerships: Progress after the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

By Joseph Siegle

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, August 14, 2014

Book chapter

“Boko Haram and the Isolation of Northern Nigeria: Regional and International Implications” in Boko Haram: Anatomy of a Crisis. Ioannis Mantzikos, ed.

By Joseph Siegle

2013

Book chapter

“Managing Volatility with the Expanded Access to Information in Fragile States” in Diplomacy, Development, and Security in the Information Age. Shanthi Kalathil, ed.

By Joseph Siegle

2013

Analysis

Overcoming Africa’s Democratic Setbacks

By Joseph Siegle

The Brenthurst Foundation, 2013

Paper

Building Democratic Accountability in Areas of Limited Statehood

By Joseph Siegle

International Studies Association, 2012

Article

Overcoming Dilemmas of Democratization

By Joseph Siegle

Nordic Journal of International Law, 2012

Blog post

Democratization and Dilemmas for Africa’s Security Forces

By Joseph Siegle

Globalnet, January 5, 2012

Special report

Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations

By Joseph Siegle

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2011

Blog post

Some Small Signs That the “Arab Spring” Is Spreading into Africa

By Joseph Siegle

Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2011

Article

Stabilizing Fragile States: Difficult but Necessary

By Joseph Siegle

Global Dialogue, Winter/Spring 2011

Commentary

Democracy Pushback in Egypt: Revolution Was the Starting Point, Not Finish Line

By Joseph Siegle

Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2011

Blog post

What Egypt Means for Africa

By Joseph Siegle

One, February 15, 2011

Book chapter

“Decentralization and Internal Conflict” in Making Decentralization Work. Ed Connerly, Kent Eaton, and Paul Smoke, eds.

By Joseph Siegle and P. O’Mahony

2010

Book

The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace

By Joseph Siegle, Morton H. Halperin, and Michael M. Weinstein

2009

Article

Governance Strategies to Remedy the Natural Resource Curse

By Joseph Siegle

International Social Science Journal, June 2009

Article

Social Networks and Democratic Transitions

By Joseph Siegle

Developing Alternatives, December 2008

Article

Steps Toward Reconstruction in Somalia

By Joseph Siegle and Zach Baxter

DAIdeas, April 2008

Article

Democracy and Development: Overcoming Autocratic Legacies

By Joseph Siegle

Development Outreach, November 2007

Paper

Effective Aid Strategies to Support Democracy in Africa

By Joseph Siegle

Brenthurst Foundation, June 2007

Article

The Governance Root of the Natural Resource Curse

By Joseph Siegle

Developing Alternatives, Spring 2007

Paper

Explaining the Variation in Economic Performance of Developing Country Democratizers

By Joseph Siegle

Community of Democracies, March 2007

Paper

Democracy and Prosperity

By Joseph Siegle

U.S. State Department, Democracy Dialogues, February 2007

Paper

Assessing the Merits of Decentralization as a Conflict Mitigation Strategy

By Joseph Siegle and Patrick O’Mahony

U.S. Agency for International Development, September 2006

Article

Iraq and the Global Democracy Movement

By Joseph Siegle

Global Dialogue, Summer/Autumn 2006

Paper

Democratic Divergence in Africa: Lessons and Implications for Aid

By Joseph Siegle

Brenthurst Foundation, April 2006

Article

Why Democracy is Central to Prosperity and Peace

By Joseph Siegle

KAS-Auslandsinformationen, January 2006

Article

The Economic Obstacles to Democratization

By Joseph Siegle

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Summer/Fall 2005

Commentary

Bringing the D Word into the World Bank

By Joseph Siegle

International Herald Tribune, June 29, 2005

Report

East Timor: The Fragile Road to Recovery

By Joseph Siegle (lead author)

USAID, January 2005

Remarks

The Political Origin of Refugee Crises

By Joseph Siegle

African Refugee Network, May 26, 2004

Article

Why Democracies Excel

By Joseph Siegle, Michael M. Weinstein, and Morton H. Halperin

Foreign Affairs, September/October 2004

Article

Developing Democracy: Democratizers Surprisingly Bright Development Record

By Joseph Siegle

Harvard International Review, Summer 2004

Op-ed

In Sudan’s Darfur: Action, Not Just Aid

By Joseph Siegle

Christian Science Monitor, June 30, 2004

Op-ed

The Dangers of Despotism

By Joseph Siegle

Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2004

Remarks

Changing the Definition of Success in Military Interventions

By Joseph Siegle

Carleton University, October 2003

Op-ed

Liberate Liberia

By Joseph Siegle

Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2003

Op-ed

A Tale of Two Africas

By Joseph Siegle

Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2003

Op-ed

Africa’s Fault Line: Governments Must Act to Soothe Religious Tensions

By Joseph Siegle

International Herald Tribune, June 9, 2003

Op-ed

The Other Battle in Iraq

By Joseph Siegle

New Jersey Star Ledger, April 13, 2003

Op-ed

Rebuild We Must

By Joseph Siegle

New Jersey Star Ledger, December 1, 2002

Op-ed

The Dangerous Urge to Help Africa

By Joseph Siegle

Financial Times, June 27, 2002

Working paper

Botswana’s Approach to Drought: How Disaster Relief Can Be Developmental

By Joseph Siegle

Michigan State University, June 1990

Challenges and Opportunities in Africa's Evolving Governance Landscape

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, September 2014

South Sudan: Charting a Path to Stability

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, February 2014

Understanding and Mitigating the Drivers of Islamist Extremism in Northern Nigeria: Part 1, Part 2

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, December 2013

Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, November 2011

Current Trends of Democratization

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, September 2011

Will Terrorism Derail Africa’s Fledgling Tourism Industry?

By Hugh Morris

The Telegraph, March 17, 2016

Burundi Power Struggle Outlasts Diplomatic Flurry

By Désiré Nimubona

IRIN News, March 2, 2016

Ahead of U.S. Meetings, Top Burundian Official Denies Mass Rapes

By Siobhán O’Grady

Foreign Policy, January 21, 2016

U.S. Doubles Down on Failed Military Strategy in Africa

By Peter Dörrie

World Politics Review, November 12, 2015

Is Obama’s Trip to Ethiopia Validation of a Corrupt Regime?

By Jessica Mendoza

Christian Science Monitor, July 27, 2015

How Obama Blended Sentiment and Strategy in Kenya Visit

By Jessica Mendoza

Christian Science Monitor, July 26, 2015

Obama in Africa: Will His Trip Be More about Symbolism or Substance?

By Howard LaFranchi

Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 2015

Corruption Concerns Taint Burgeoning China-Africa Trade

By Jeffrey Young

Voice of America, September 1, 2014

Obama Set to Host U.S.-Africa Summit

By William Eagle

Voice of America, August 3, 2014

Mali, Algeria Violence Stokes Fear of New Terrorist Haven

By Scott Neuman

NPR, January 17, 2013

USAID’s Role in Covert Work Questioned

Associated Press, February 12, 2012