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Jason Thelen

Associate Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

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Jason Thelen is the associate director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.  He leads the Atlantic Council’s programming on cybersecurity, focusing on cybercrime, cyberespionage, and cyberwarfare.

Mr. Thelen earned his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, where as a legal fellow, he focused on issues of national security, habeas corpus litigation, federal jurisdiction, separation of powers, the law of armed conflict, and executive privilege.  He also served as an editorial board member for the American University International Law Review and was a founding executive board member of the American University Business Law Review.  During law school, Mr. Thelen studied abroad in Paris, Brussels, Geneva, and London, where his coursework concentrated on human rights and international economic law at the European Union, the World Trade Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations.    

Concurrent with law school, Mr. Thelen completed a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International Service at American University, where his studies focused on international politics and defense policy.  Prior to attending American University, Mr. Thelen began his career in the private sector working in the institutional investment management industry during the 2008 global financial crisis.  During his time at Wells Capital Management in San Francisco, Mr. Thelen worked on a fixed income trading desk, in risk management, and as part of the firm’s performance management group.

Mr. Thelen, a native of Eugene, Oregon, received his BS from Southern Oregon University and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.