Jacob Olidort

Jacob Olidort is former Director of Research at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy.

Olidort served in a range of national security roles across the U.S. government, including in the Office of former Vice President Mike Pence and as foreign policy advisor to two U.S. Senators. He also served in the Central Intelligence Agency and as an advisor on Middle East policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Outside of government, Olidort was Director of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute and was a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He taught at American University and at George Washington University, and was a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fulbright Scholar to the United Arab Emirates, and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Olidort holds a B.A. in History and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, an A.M. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.


A Peace to Delay War: How Diplomacy Can End Hezbollah’s War of Choice
In Syria, the US Must Prioritize Countering Iran
We Got Islamism Wrong
Can Iran Be Coerced?
Possible Terrorist Ties to U.S. Campus Protests
U.S. Rebuke of IDF Unit: Ironclad Injury and Insult to Israel
Israel’s Response to Iran’s Attack Requires U.S. Follow-Through
Israel Strikes Back; U.S. Must Show ‘No Daylight’
Neighbors in Arms: Israel and Europe Must Strengthen Their Military Partnership
Iran’s Escalation in the West Bank
U.S. Abstention at the UN Undermined Support for Israel—And Stated U.S. Policy
Azerbaijan, the Quiet Partner
A U.S. Hostage Rescue Operation in Gaza Should Not Be off the Table
Bahrain: Bold Partner for Middle East Peace
Israel Prioritizes Civilian Safety in Southern Gaza Campaign Despite Hamas Efforts
Deterrence Is More Than Deployments: The Effects, and Limitations, of the Administration&#...
EU Foreign Policy Chief Defames Israel With Baseless Claims
Communication of intent and the importance of language to deterrence
Israeli Precautions Save Palestinian Lives
The Case for Upgrading Israel’s “Major Non-NATO Ally” Status
The Case for A Counter-Iran Coalition
Hamas Ambush of Israel Could Escalate into Regional Conflict Depending on U.S. Response
How Israel Became A Global Key To Deterrence