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Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College.


He was the Editor of The National Interest magazine and a Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies at The Nixon Center in Washington, DC. He is currently a senior editor at The National Interest.


Dr. Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, developments in the Middle East, and the role of religion in politics. He received his doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was also associate director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University.


Dr. Gvosdev is the author or editor of a number of books, including the co-author of The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Political Islam.


He has published more than 50 articles, columns and essays on the following topics: democratization and human rights; general foreign policy; energy policy; foreign policy of Russia and the Eurasian states; U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East; politics and culture of the Eurasian states; and religion and politics. His work has appeared in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, Religion State and Society, The National Interest, Orbis, The Washington Quarterly, Problems of Post-Communism, and World Policy Journal. He has been quoted or cited as an expert in articles appearing in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, United Press International, Wall Street Journal Europe, Business Week, Newsday, National Post (Canada), Vedomosti (Russia), and El Mercurio (Chile).


He has appeared as a commentator and analyst on television and radio including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BBC, C-SPAN's
Washington Journal, CBC, and Voice of America.

Exporting Security: The Balanced Approach

The debates over the future direction (and budgeting) of the U.S. national security and defense establishments are intensifying. For the last several years, we have had the ongoing arguments as to whether U.S. security is more imperiled by the challenges of weak and failing states--necessitating...

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The Hezbollah Precedent in Afghanistan?

In my World Politics Review column today, I speculate whether the talks between the government of Hamid Karzai and the Taliban might follow the Hezbollah precedent; that is, the Taliban would be able to join in the Afghan government as a corporate entity, and retain...

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Pakistan and NATO? Two responses

In addressing the question of how to grapple with the deteriorating relationship between Pakistan and the West, our colleague Derek Reveron took the proverbial "bull by the horns" and dispensed with the usual "incremental" recommendations in favor of this bold proposal: "To illustrate that NATO...

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