Joshua Meservey is Senior Policy Analyst, Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation.
He specializes in African geopolitics, counterterrorism, and refugee policy. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and extended his service to work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, he joined Church World Service (CWS) based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled extensively in East and Southern Africa interviewing refugees. He ended his time at CWS as Field Team Manager responsible for a multinational team of nearly 100 staff. In 2012, he worked at the US Army Special Operations Command and helped write an Army concept paper, and in 2014 joined the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center before leaving as an Associate Director to join the Heritage Foundation.
He has testified twice before the Senate, on the South Sudan crisis and on Chinese activity in Africa, and twice before the House of Representatives on Chinese activity in Africa. He is lead author of a monograph on al-Shabaab's insurgency, and his other work has appeared in publications including Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the National Interest, US News and World Report, the Hill, and various journals. His commentary is often featured in various print and digital media outlets, and he has presented at the National Defense University and the State Department.
Meservey holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in history from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University.
He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.