Dr. Zuri Linetsky’s research focuses on American foreign policy and Asia.
Prior to joining EGF Zuri was a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) professional. He has extended on-the-ground research experience in regions affected by fragility and conflict in the Sahel, East Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Zuri has worked as an M&E consultant for the Department of State, the Department of Defense, USAID, the United Nations, and nongovernmental organizations. In 2021 he was Chief of Party for USAID’s M&E platform in Nigeria. His M&E work examined the Rohingya refugee crisis, the effectiveness of American foreign assistance, the impact of American security sector assistance in Africa, Mexico and Central America, countering violent extremism, counterterrorism, as well as democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG). Zuri speaks Russian and Hebrew fluently, and has worked in French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Zuri’s writing on Israel-Palestine, China, Boko Haram, and countering violent extremism has appeared in Foreign Policy, the American Prospect, Inkstick, and Insight Turkey. He received his BA from the University of Florida, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. His doctoral research examined why and how nonstate actors in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia change their military strategies during conflicts.
Zuri lives in Washington, D.C., with his fiancée. Zuri and his fiancée enjoy skiing and snowboarding throughout Canada and the United States. They are avid hikers when it’s not snowing. Zuri loves Edmonton Oilers hockey, and collects records.