As senior program officer for CVE, Chris collaborates across USIP, USG elements, and NGOs on the rehabilitation and reintegration people disengaging from violent extremism. In this role, he leads implementation several Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Foreign Terrorist Fighters Working Group initiatives, where he has developed several GCTF good practice documents. Chris’ approach to rehabilitation addresses cognitive, social, and structural drivers of violent extremism to encourage prosocial behavior, reconciliation, and community resilience.

Chris comes to USIP from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he served as senior advisor for CT/CVE, political stability/human rights, and crisis management to the National Intelligence Manager for East Asia. There, he was a voice for prioritizing preventive CVE efforts in the policy discourse. He aligned intelligence community support to the National Security Council to inform strategic responses to the Rohingya crisis in Burma, democratic backsliding throughout Southeast Asia, and North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Prior to ODNI, Chris served for a decade as a Navy intelligence officer. His assignments included the Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, and a tour of duty aboard the USS CARL VINSON. He has produced the daily intelligence update for the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, developed an analytic framework to assess fragile societies and provide early warning of violence, and orchestrated the delivery of relief material in the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Chris’ record of peer-reviewed publication includes contributions to International Studies Review and edited volumes, and he has provided commentary for outlets such as The Hill. He holds a master’s degree in international security, conflict, and development from Georgetown University, backed by a post-graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys travel with his husband Cody, thinks Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album is severely underrated, and appreciates wine as a form of art.

Publications By Christopher

Where Public Health and Peacebuilding Converge

Where Public Health and Peacebuilding Converge

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By: Fouad Pervez; Chris Bosley

In many ways, peacebuilding and public health are kindred disciplines in that they both require whole-of-society approaches to succeed. But while both disciplines share similar traits, the relationship between peacebuilding and public health is often overlooked. In any country, public health services such as healthcare facilities, water sanitation, and accessible medicine are critical for citizens’ welfare. But in fragile or conflict-affected states, these services become even more important—serving as a foundation for healing and stability throughout a peace process. To examine this important dynamic, USIP’s Fouad Pervez and Chris Bosley look at three situations where the goals of peacebuilding and public health are intertwined.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Human Rights; Violent Extremism

To Truly Defeat ISIS, Describe its Returnees as ‘People’

To Truly Defeat ISIS, Describe its Returnees as ‘People’

Friday, April 12, 2019

By: Chris Bosley

More than 100 countries, from Kosovo to Indonesia to Tunisia, face the security challenge of what to do with their citizens who traveled to join the so-called Islamic State. In dealing with perhaps tens of thousands of former ISIS participants—more than 9,000 in Syria’s Al Hol camp alone—simplistic solutions are at best inadequate and naïve, and at worst counterproductive and irresponsible. These include notions of indefinitely detaining or abandoning these populations in makeshift camps, or stripping their citizenship en masse. While many can be returned home to face trial, prosecution will be impossible for others. Thousands...

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Violent Extremism

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