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2018 Chautauqua Season

Middle East Update with Geoffrey Kemp and Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Aug 6, 2018 3:30pm ‐ Aug 6, 2018 4:30pm



Geoffrey Kemp is Senior Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest. He served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff.

Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he was Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project. In the 1970s he worked in the Defense Department in the Policy Planning and Program Analysis and Evaluation Offices and made major contributions to studies on U.S. security policy and options for South West Asia. From 1970 to 1980, he was a tenured member of the faculty of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

He is the author or co-author of many books and monographs on regional security including, most recently, War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences. Kemp received his Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University.

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, the director of the Policy Analysis sub-course in the National Security Affairs Department, and the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in economic geography and national security.

He is Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement program (USGE).

Gvosdev was the editor of The National Interest and remains a senior editor at the magazine. He also holds a non-residential senior fellowship at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a co-author of U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower (2015) and previously published Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors and Sectors (with Christopher Marsh) in 2013.

Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, and developments in the Middle East.


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