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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.

The Future of European Security

The Atlantic Community has launched a new series of essays looking at the future of European security, specifically in resourcing and procurement: In an uncertain economic climate, defense ministries across Europe are slashing spending as budgetary pressures rise. These cuts come just as the United...

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Testing the "Gratitude Doctrine"

What happens in Libya in the coming months (and years) will test the assumption that aiding the anti-Gadhafi forces to come to power will bring benefits to the U.S. Post-Gadhafi Libya is set to become the next major test of two competing approaches to international...

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What Next on Libya?

Where does Libya go from here? Peter Apps from Reuters filed this report: Libya's new leaders and their foreign allies face the daunting task of restoring order, beginning reconstruction and avoiding collapse into conflict and chaos. Giving the provisional government access to Libya's frozen era...

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The Post-Libya Environment

Does the fall of Muammar Gadhafi signal a shift both in how U.S. and European foreign policy is conducted and in the global environment as a whole? Although there was an attempt to paint Gadhafi as a "clear and present" danger to U.S. national security,...

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The Firewall Approach to Global Security?

From today's World Politics Review column: Historically, when faced with severe financial and resource constraints, major powers have begun a process of shrinking commitments and making very clear distinctions between vital interests and secondary ones. ... Yet official Washington is loath to undertake this process....

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Riots and National Security Spending

Riots and unrest have a way of concentrating the attention of policymakers. Suddenly expending blood and treasure to defend peace and freedom in foreign lands seems far less important. In the aftermath of the violence that swept through London and other British cities this past...

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The Future of Naval Power

How is the rise of China affecting maritime strategies around the world? Reuter's Peter Apps notes: As the PLAN acquires more sophisticated equipment, including a carrier initially acquired from Ukraine in the late 1990s ostensibly to be used as a floating casino, as well as...

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On War and Intervention

What constitutes war? Andrew Stigler and I point out some of the difficulties in coming up with standards: Should a 40-minute raid conducted by several dozen commandos be regarded as "hostilities" commensurate with an act of war? After all, force was projected across borders and...

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