Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D.
Director, Special Operations Program
Director, Center for Stability and Development


Jonathan Schroden is an expert on the Marine Corps, special operations forces, terrorism/counterterrorism, indigenous force development, security force assistance, foreign internal defense, insurgency/counterinsurgency, unconventional warfare, stability operations and operations assessment.

Since joining CNA in 2003, Schroden has deployed ten times to Afghanistan, twice to Iraq, and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. He served as the CNA Field Representative to several Marine Corps commands, to U.S. Central Command, and to the International Security Assistance Force. Schroden has most recently directed multiple independent assessments of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and a study of how to improve the integration of special operations forces and general purpose forces for crisis response. He has also deployed on numerous Navy ships and supported disaster relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Schroden holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from Cornell University and two B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


June 12, 2018

Jonathan Schroden says, “Al-Qaeda today is a much larger, more geographically dispersed, in many ways more capable and certainly more resilient organization than it was 17 years ago at 9/11.”

VOA News: “International Edition”

March 6, 2018

Jonathan Schroden says, "There are no precise numbers in Afghanistan, it's the nature of what you're dealing with over there."

Stars and Stripes: "Data on U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts in Afghanistan Doesn't Add Up"

February 16, 2018

Jonathan Schroden says, "There has been an uptick in drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan going back to the fall of last year and continuing since then."

Military Times: "DOD IG: Too Soon to Tell If Trump's South Asia Strategy Will Break the Taliban"

November 23, 2017

Jonathan Schroden and Julia McQuaid write, "At CNA, we recently completed that independent assessment and concluded that the current U.S. strategy will not defeat al-Qaeda, and that a renewed approach is needed."

War on the Rocks: "Congress Asked for an Assessment of the War on Al-Qaeda. Here's What We Told Them"

November 20, 2017

Jonathan Schroden says, "The momentum is pretty clearly with the Taliban. And the increase in Afghans who went AWOL last year tracks pretty closely with the rapid decline we're seeing in the security situation there."

San Antonino Express-News: "More Afghan Troops Go AWOL From JBSA Than From Any Other Base Nationwide"

August 21, 2017

San Antonio Express News quotes  CNA’s Center for Stability and Development Director Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D. in "Analysts: Diplomatic Solution Needed in Afghanistan"