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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.

What's Next? Monitoring the Korean Peninsula

The artillery barrage against Yeonpyeong island, the first North Korean attack since the end of the Korean War than a half century ago to kill South Korean civilians, calls into question many of the assumptions that have guided security planning in northeast Asia, most notably,...

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A Future for NATO Beyond Lisbon?

(This is cross-posted from the Atlantic Council's New Atlanticist blog) When NATO leaders gather in Lisbon on November 19 for the alliance's annual summit, what sort of conversations should they be having about the future of the organization? How should the Strategic Concept be translated...

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The "Lord of War" Arrives on U.S. Shores

Why is Moscow so upset about the extradition of Viktor Bout, the infamous "Merchant of Death" and "Lord of War", from Thailand? I try to address this question over at The National Interest. Some points: Russia is often caught between competing and contradictory interests. Its...

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Pakistan and NATO: A Discussion Continued

Hayat Alvi, Nikolas Gvosdev and Derek Reveron: (Cross-posted from The New Atlanticist) Last month, we considered how NATO and Pakistan could repair relations in the wake of Pakistan asserting its sovereignty in the aftermath of a border skirmish between NATO attack helicopters and a Pakistani...

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