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John Melkon

John Melkon


John Melkon is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Archival Institute and Director for the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at United States Military Academy. His Archival Fellowship is focused on the problems plaguing the African Trans-Sahara including active Islamic extremism, trafficking in counterfeit good, arms, narcotics, and humans, climate change including desertification and deforestation, unemployment, and government corruption in the region causing mass migration into slum cities on the continent and into Europe. He is a Special Forces combat veteran of the Global War on Terror with twenty-five plus years of active duty and civilian Department of Defense service. He maintains a keen interest in National Security Affairs and United States Foreign Policy implementing innovative approaches for unity of effort in Civil-Military Operations.


  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education
  • Texas A&M University – The Bush School of Government and Public Services
  • Texas A&M University – Mays Business School
  • Princeton University

Areas of Focus

  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Corruption in the Developing World
  • Regional and Global Migration
  • Civil-Military Operations

Archival Facilitated Research & Publications

Chad Basin Migration and Development and US Critical Infrastructure Investment Project

This is custom heading element Archival Institute welcomes Senior Fellow John Melkon to lead an international team tasked to build a statistical model to meeting the challenges of migration and other problems causing regional instability in Africa’s Chad Basin. The task force will examine the leading causes of displacement and migration--  unemployment; climate change including [...]

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