75 years of service to our nation


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.


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"

April 24, 2017

National Defense Magazine quotes CNA's Special Operations Program director Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D. and features CNA’s The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition in “Report: Special Operations Forces Want to Do More Than Just Counterterrorism”

March 21, 2017

CNA releases the fifth episode of CNA Talks, a new podcast on current affairs. Dr. Eric Thompson moderated a discussion on ISIS’s use of social media, drones, tunnels and more with Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D., David Knoll, Ph.D., Pamela Faber and Zack Gold

February 17, 2017

National Defense Magazine quotes CNA’s Center for Stability and Development Director Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D. in "New Administration May Take Special Operators Back to Roots"