Le Sage, Andre

Senior Research Fellow for Africa, Center for Strategic Research


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Area of Expertise: Africa; Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief; Insurgency/Irregular Warfare; Intelligence Policy; Islamic Extremism; Stabilization & Reconstruction

Dr. Andre Le Sage is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS). Based at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC, he focuses on challenges to peace and security in the Horn of Africa, as well as threats posed by terrorist groups, rebel movements and criminal networks across the continent. Dr. Le Sage’s recent research has supported U.S. strategy for stabilization and counterterrorism in Somalia, efforts to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Arica, and options to respond to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram in Northwest Africa.

Dr. Le Sage works closely with a wide range of U.S. government offices and agencies, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, US Africa Command, US Special Operations Command, the US National Security Staff, Department of State, US Agency for International Development and the intelligence community. He is also the Faculty Lead for the Program on Irregular Warfare and Special Operations, which he helped to establish at NDU in 2011.

From 2005-2009, Dr. Le Sage served as Assistant Professor and Academic Chair for Counterterrorism at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), a Regional Center of the US Department of Defense. Previously, he worked across the Horn of Africa, East Africa and Central Africa with the United Nations, Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other organizations. During this time, Dr. Le Sage was involved in supporting peace negotiations, including serving as Political Advisor to the Somalia National Reconciliation Conference in 2002-2003, and supporting the Darfur peace process in Abuja, Nigeria in 2004. In addition, he worked across Southeast Asia in 2004-2005, focusing on the ongoing insurgency in southern Thailand.

A frequent public speaker, Dr. Le Sage has appeared on the PBS News Hour, National Public Radio, BBC World Service, and ABC News. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he taught “Security Challenges in Africa” for the School of Foreign Service. Dr. Le Sage holds a B.A. in Political Science from Creighton University, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Social and Political Science.