Jason Blazakis, Adjunct Faculty
Jason Blazakis is the Director of the Counterterrorism Terrorism Finance and Designations Office at the U.S. Department of State’s Counterterrorism Bureau. Jason is a counterterrorism expert who specializes in devising counterterrorism finance strategies and sanctions to further the United States Government’s objectives in countering the illicit flow of finance to terrorists. In his current role, Jason is responsible for directing efforts related to the Department of State’s terrorist designations of countries, organizations, and individuals under its State Sponsor of Terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organization, and Executive Order 13224 legal authorities. His office is also responsible for planning the Counterterrorism Bureau’s efforts in countering the financial activities of groups such as ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Hamas, and Hizballah.
Jason has been at the State Department since 2004, where he has held positions in the Political-Military Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Intelligence and Research Bureaus, as well as U.S. Embassy Kabul.
Prior to working at the Department of State, Jason served as a domestic intelligence analyst at the Congressional Research Service. In addition, he spent four years serving as a national security adviser to a United States Congressional Representative. Jason is also a lecturer at the University of Maryland where he has taught courses on terrorist finance, ISIL, and terrorist behavior. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and the University of Mississippi.