Former Foreign Service Officer and Department of Defense civilian who is currently an entrepreneur and author
Jaz Azari is a former Foreign Service Officer and Department of Defense civilian who is currently an entrepreneur and author, finishing the first novel in a five-part series, The Obsidian Staff. She has broad experience working on issues pertaining to defense and security, foreign policy, environment, science, technology, health, media broadcasts, and entrepreneurship.
In 2006, Ms. Azari served as the primary research analyst for the U.S. Marine Corps’ newly-established Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL), providing pre-deployment training in Iraqi culture to Marines. She received a Certificate of Commendation for her work developing and advancing the program. In 2009, Ms. Azari was embedded with a U.S. Army brigade in Iraq as the Social Scientist for the brigade’s Human Terrain Team, conducting research on socio-cultural issues affecting the local population.
As a Foreign Service Officer, Ms. Azari served in Embassy Nairobi, Kenya and in Washington D.C. in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs and later in the Bureau
of Oceans and International Environmental, and Scientific Affairs (OES).
Ms. Azari also designed and implemented online programs and live media broadcasts for the Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative to empower young S&T entrepreneurs developing startups. She created and moderated the “Guru” series, monthly one-on-one webchats with entrepreneurial experts. Ms. Azari co-founded and Emceed the first-ever technology “Idea Stage” for then-Secretary of State Kerry’s “Our Ocean Conference”.
Ms. Azari worked on the Seven Revolutions initiative for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and on European Security for the Institute for International and Strategic Studies in London.
She holds a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in German Studies from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States and an M.A. in War Studies from Kings College London. She speaks German and has studied Kiswahili, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.
● Azari, Jaz (2011), “At the Table”, State Magazine (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of State).
● Azari, Jaz, Neil Greenberg and Christopher Dandeker (2009), ‘Cultural Stress: How Interactions With and Among Foreign Populations Affects Military Personnel’, Armed Forces & Society.
● Bolt, Neville, David Betz and Jaz Azari (2008), Propaganda of the Deed 2008: Understanding the Phenomenon, Whitehall Report 3-08, (London: Royal United Services Institute).
● Azari, Jaz (2008), ‘Review Essay: Just and Unjust Wars and Just War Doctrine in Ideological Warfare’, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol 19 (2), pp. 277-284.