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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.

Sneakers on the Ground

Outgoing Defense Secretary Gates has counseled his successors to never again contemplate getting involved in a major land war on the Asian landmass. The president promises that there will be no "boots on the ground" in Libya. But does this mean that the alternate is...

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The Departing Dictators' Dilemma: Retirement or Prison?

On New Year's Day, Hosni Mubarak was the president of Egypt. Now, he is a "guest of the state" in a military hospital, and his sons are in jail. Mubarak's fate complicates efforts to encourage other authoritarian leaders to step down and peacefully relinquish power....

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Obama's Just Enough Doctrine

With all the pressure on the Obama administration to "do more" in Libya, despite the president's promises that U.S. involvement would be limited, will the United States reverse course, or will he stay the course? As I pointed out today in World Politics Review: The...

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Lessons from Libya

What lessons might other leaders be drawing from the NATO intervention in Libya? What is becoming apparent is that the UN resolution authorizing action came from a conjunction of factors which may not be easily replicated when it comes to other cases crying out for...

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