national security | foreign policy

About Me

I’m a national security and foreign policy practitioner with more than 20 years experience on the frontlines of the world’s conflicts, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Crimea, Kashmir and the West Bank.

My Work

Foreign Policy

I serve as a foreign affairs officer working on counterterrorism-related initiatives for the U.S. Department of State, working in the Bureau of Counterterrorism’s Office of Strategy, Plans and Initiatives (CT/SPI) with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania for two years conducting media development and worked on a USAID project in South Sudan for a year training radio journalists.


National Security

I served in the U.S. military for five years, deploying across Asia and the Middle East.

For a year in Afghanistan, I worked on rural, remote bases for the U.S. Special Operations Command as a civilian collecting and sharing lessons learned from Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps Special Operations and Afghan security forces.

As a media operations chief for the U.S. Air Force, I coordinated with foreign governments, the White House, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Secret Service, and other governmental agencies to ensure effective public communication through international and national media.

International Reporting

My news and feature stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The National Interest, BBC, Reuters, AP, The Guardian, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, VICE, and other publications in video, radio, photo, and print formats. My videos have been viewed online more than 30 million times.

My Work
Rebel-held Ukraine

Countering Disinformation

I teach about disinformation in New York University's Global Affairs program. The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence published my research on Russian information operations in the Central African Republic.

As the director of visual media for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, I worked to counter ISIS, al Shabaab and white supremacist propaganda by strategically challenging extremist narratives through video and other mediums.


More About Me

Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. A group of prominent government officials, scholars, nonprofit professionals, journalists, educators, and others in international affairs.

Defense Council Member, Truman National Security Project. A national security leadership group.

Executive Director, Military Veterans in Journalism. Founded this non-profit to support fellow veterans in developing their careers in media.

Senior Advisor, Lobo Institute. A consultancy firm focused on conflict prevention.

New Leader, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. A group of next generation leaders exploring the ethical dimensions of foreign policy.

Board of Directors Chair, Free Speech Radio News. From 2008-2010, responsible for a small staff and a budget of about $500,000 used to produce an internationally-broadcast radio program.

Adjunct Professor, New York University. Teaches master’s level classes on communication, including disinformation.

Instructor, New York Film Academy, Central Texas College, government organizations, businesses, and others. Taught research, communication law, public relations, media production, and social media.

New York University — M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication

Webster University — M.A. in International Relations (Graduate Academic Honors; 4.00 GPA)

City College of New York —  M.F.A. in Documentary Studies

University of Maryland University College — B.A. in Communications/Journalism (Dean’s List)

Syracuse University / Project Management Institute — Project Management Professional (PMP)




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Contact Me

Cell : + 1-212-246-5530

Email : [email protected]

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Skype : zackbaddorf

Fax : +1-610-887-5753