James M. Goldgeier

Dean, School of International Service, American University

Former senior fellow for transatlantic relations.

Award-winning author, former State Department official, and staff member of the National Security Council. Professor of political science and international politics at George Washington University. Author of the book America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollet, PublicAffairs Books, June 2008) and the recent Council Special Report The Future of NATO (January 2010).


Transatlantic relations; U.S.-Russian relations; NATO; the European Union.


Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2007-2011); Policy Research Scholar, George Washington Institute of Public Policy (2005-2007); Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations, Library of Congress (2005-2006); Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University (2001-2005); Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution (1999-2001); Acting Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University (1999-2000); Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution (1998-1999); Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council (1996); Foreign Affairs Officer, Office on the New Independent States, U.S. Department of State (1995-1996); International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1995-1996); Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University (1991-1993); Visiting Fellow, Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University (1989-1990); Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley (1988).

Selected Publications:

"Democracy Promotion's Discontent" (with Derek Chollet, Huffington Post, August 22, 2008); "Bush Rejects Bushism" (with Derek Chollet, The American Prospect, August 11, 2008); "What the Next U.S. President Means for Europe" (The Guardian, July 12, 2008); "Kennan had a vision. Things aren't so clear now" (with Derek Chollet, Washington Post Magazine, July 13, 2008); "McCain's Choice" (with Derek Chollet, The National Interest, July 2, 2008); "The (Bill) Clinton Legacy" (with Derek Chollet; Huffington Post; June 9, 2008); “Global NATO,” Foreign Affairs (coauthor, September/October 2006); “The Faulty Premises of the Next Marshall Plan,” Washington Quarterly (coauthor, Winter 2005-2006); “What to Do About Russia,” Policy Review (coauthor, October/November 2005); “Now’s Not the Time for Europe to Go Wobbly,” Washington Post (coauthor, 2005); “Dealing with Putin,” Weekly Standard (coauthor, 2005); “A New European Divide,” Washington Post (2004); “Nationalist Strategies and European Integration,” Perspectives on Politics (coauthor, 2004); Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (coauthor, Brookings Institution Press, 2003); Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO (Brookings Institution Press, 1999); Leadership Style and Soviet Foreign Policy: Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).

Interviews and Discussions:

International Affairs Forum: NATO Enlargement and Russia (Center for International Relations; April 2009)

World Affairs Council Annual Conference 2009: The First 70 Days - Has the Obama Administration Got it Right? (April 3, 2009)

World Affairs Council Annual Conference 2009: Russia, Europe, NATO, and the Near Abroad (April 3, 2009)

Miller Center for Public Affairs: America in transition (video; March 20, 2009)

WGN Radio: America between the Wars (interview; February 24, 2009)

H-Diplo Roundtable Review of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (January 7, 2009)

Washington Foreign Press Club: Foreign policy in the 2008 presidential election (video; October 29, 2008)

Conversations with History: American foreign policy from the end of the Cold War to 9/11 (with Derek Chollett; October 3, 2008)

Federal News Radio, The Federal Drive: The presidential campaign debates (with Tom Temim and Jane Norris; September 26, 2008)

VOA: America Between the Wars (September 13, 2008)

Zócalo at NPR West: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; September 24, 2008)

bigthink.com: "The Road to 9/11" (August 20, 2008)

Bloomberg Night Talk: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; July 28, 2008)

Kojo Nnamdi Show: Tensions within Eastern Europe (July 14, 2008)

Opinio Juris: America Between the Wars (July 11, 2008)

The Aspen Insitute: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollet; June 16, 2008)

Library of Congress: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; June 12, 2008)

WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; June 24, 2008)

The Aspen Insitute: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; June 16, 2008)

NDN Forum: America Between the Wars (with Derek Chollett; March 12, 2008)


Past Research Projects


Council Special Report No. 51

The Future of NATO

Author: James M. Goldgeier

NATO has been a cornerstone of security in Europe--and of U.S. foreign policy--for six decades. But its ability to continue playing such a central role is unclear. James M. Goldgeier takes a sober look at what the alliance and its members must do to maintain NATO's relevance in the face of today's strategic environment.

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Twenty Years After the Fall

Author: James M. Goldgeier
Washington Times

The fall of the Berlin Wall was not the only significant international development of 1989, writes James Goldgeier. The withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the Tiananmen Square massacre in China signified the emergence of two new international challenges: failed states and illiberal capitalism, each of which has "vexed" the United States for the past two decades.

See more in Germany; History and Theory of International Relations; Russian Federation


Afghanistan Seen As Crucial Test

Author: James M. Goldgeier
Washington Times

James M. Goldgeier argues that while NATO has much to celebrate during its 60th anniversary, it must overcome its inability to operate effectively as a military alliance in Afghanistan in order to be relevant in the 21st century.

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Campaign 2008: Perspectives on the Presidential Foreign Policy Debate (Audio)

Speakers: Stephen D. Biddle, Michael J. Gerson, James M. Goldgeier, Michael A. Levi, Sebastian Mallaby, and Sheila A. Smith
Presider: Kay King

Listen to CFR fellows discuss topics such as U.S. relations with Asia, Russia, and Europe, as well as the financial crisis, nuclear terrorism, and climate change, as they relate to the presidential foreign policy debate.

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