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Carl LeVan
Associate Fellow
Foreign Policy In Focus


Foreign Policy In Focus

Carl LeVan

Carl LeVan is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He joined IPS as an associate fellow in 2012 to do research on US security policy towards Africa. His articles have appeared in Governance, Africa Today, Democratization, and a forthcoming study on dictatorships will appear in Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.

He previously worked as legislative director for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, and then as the National Democratic Institute’s first Country Director in Nigeria.

In 2005 he published In Democracy’s Shadow: the Secret World of National Security with IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin while serving as a Melman Fellow. He just finished a book manuscript on Nigerian government performance, and he publishes the blog Development4Security at carllevan.com.

Recent Work

U.S. Professors to Clinton: Respond to Boko Haram with Diplomacy, Development, and Demilitarization
May 22 - Twenty-two scholars with expertise on Nigeria note the "horrific violence" perpetrated against civilians and government officials, but argue that responding to Boko Haram ultimately requires a "diplomatic, developmental, and demilitarized framework."