Alexander H. Noyes is a senior associate with the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. From December 2015 to April 2017, Dr. Noyes served as the team lead for Niger and Nigeria at the U.S. Security Governance Initiative, a White House initiative housed at the Department of State and focused on improving security-sector governance in six African countries. His main areas of expertise are civil-military relations, security-sector governance/reform, conflict mediation, and the causes and consequences of electoral violence, mostly in Africa and the Balkans. His commentaries on peace and security issues have appeared in a wide variety of media and academic outlets, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Foreign Policy. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, a master’s degree in African studies from Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.