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Carl Pilgram

(He, him)
Senior Academic Associate, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Carl Pilgram is a Senior Academic Associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in the National Defense University, where he has worked since 2017. In this capacity he supports the design and delivery of programs to improve the provision of security in African partners at the executive education and strategic level.

He is currently supporting the Counter-Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism portfolios, and has previously worked the Countering Transnational Organized Crime, Maritime Safety and Security, and National Security Strategy Development lines.

He is a passionate and longtime researcher of African politics and security, as well as intrastate conflict and authoritarian dynamics. He has lived and worked in Kenya. He holds an MA in Security Studies from the Georgetown Security Studies Program and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

The views expressed are those of the authors alone and not those of the US Government or the Department of Defense.


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    Senior Academic Associate, Africa Center for Strategic Studies