Dr. Richard L. Russell comes to the Bush School with an extensive background in university teaching. He is Professor of National Security Affairs at the National Defense University’s Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. He also taught graduate courses for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Russell has broad research experience. He was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Strategic Studies at the Center for the National Interest. Russell previously held research appointments at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Russell’s scholarship is grounded by practical national security experience. He served for nearly two decades as a political-military analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, where his work focused on security issues in the Middle East and Europe. He sits on the Editorial Board of Intelligence and National Security, a leading journal that examines the relationships between intelligence, international relations, foreign policy, and war. In his teaching and writing, Russell links the worlds of theory and practice in American National Security. He is the author of three books: Sharpening Strategic Intelligence (Cambridge University Press); Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East (Routledge); and, George F. Kennan’s Strategic Thought (Praeger). He has published more than forty journal and magazine articles and sixteen chapters in edited books. Russell’s commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. Russell serves as subject matter expert and lecturer for the Bush School’s graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA), teaching courses such as The Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs, National Security Policy, and American Foreign Policy Since World War II.
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