Mr Jonathan Askonas
Foreign Policy and diplomacy Institutions and organisations International security
Jon Askonas is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he is a Beinecke Scholar and a Healy Scholar. He is interested in the relationship between knowledge production/transmission and decision-making in large organizations. While he has worked on the political economy of innovation and Russian foreign policy, he is currently using the US Army as a lens on how organizations structure the thinking and the innovation that goes on within them. His dissertation is entitled "A Muse of Fire: Why the US Military Forgets What It Learns in War", and it addresses the relationship between how the US Army organizes itself for war, how it adapts to new challenges (using case studies from Vietnam and Iraq), and why it forgets much of what it learned after the war winds down. He has a BS in International Politics (summa cum laude) from Georgetown University and a MPhil(Merit) from Oxford. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and the US Embassy in Moscow.