James M. Goldgeier

Visiting Senior Fellow

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James Goldgeier is a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international relations at the School of International Service at American University, where he served as dean from 2011 to 2017. He holds the 2018-19 Library of Congress U.S.-Russia Chair at the John W. Kluge Center. Previously, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where from 2001 to 2005 he directed the Elliott School’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. He also taught at Cornell University and he has held a number of public policy appointments, including director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council staff, Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Henry A. Kissinger chair at the Library of Congress, and Edward Teller national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In addition, he has held appointments at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Dr. Goldgeier has authored or co-authored four books including: America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-authored with Derek Chollet); Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (co-authored with Michael McFaul); and Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO. He is the recipient of the Edgar S. Furniss book award in national and international security and co-recipient of the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize in international relations. Dr. Goldgeier is co-director of the Bridging the Gap initiative, which encourages and trains scholars and doctoral students to produce research oriented policy-relevant scholarship and theoretically grounded policy work and serves as co-editor of the Oxford University Press Bridging the Gap Book Series.

Dr. Goldgeier is past president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (2015-2017). He received his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley and his AB, magna cum laude in Government, from Harvard University.


American University, School of International Service, professor of international relations
Library of Congress, John W. Kluge Center, 2018-2019 U.S. Russia Chair

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