Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and Executive Professor
Andrew S. Natsios is an executive professor at the Bush School and director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Natsios was most recently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As USAID administrator from 2001-2006, Natsios managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He also served as US special envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007. Retired from the US Army Reserves at the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty-three years, Natsios is a veteran of the Gulf War. From 1993 to 1998, he was vice president of World Vision US, the largest faith-based nongovernmental organization in the world, with programs in 103 countries. Earlier in his career, Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for twelve years and as the chief financial and administrative officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also served as the CEO of Boston's Big Dig, the largest construction project in American history, after a cost overrun scandal.
He is the author of three books: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1997); The Great North Korean Famine (2001); and his latest book, Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. He has contributed to thirteen other books. He has published numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, Foreign Service Journal, and Wall Street Journal.
CSIS podcast: Is Development the Answer to the Forced Migration Crisis?
"Most people don't want to leave their homes; they leave under political or economic duress. To effectively deal with the root causes of the refugee problem, we need development programs with long time horizons to achieve economic growth, stronger governance, and improved citizen security. Director of the Scowcroft Institute Professor Andrew Natsios sat down with Dan Runde from CSIS to discuss the importance of development in addressing the forced migration crisis: listen to the full podcast here."
Interview with Patrick Fine, CEO of FHI 360
“The United States is the global leader in humanitarian aid, and our aid programs reflect our emphasis on human rights which underpins our democracy. Expressing these ideals throughout the world through our aid programs contributes to our diplomatic and defense objectives, and thus the aid program is a crucial part of U.S. foreign policy. However, by instrumentalizing aid – in other words, making it a means to an end rather than an end in itself – we damage its use as a tool of national power. In this interview with Patrick Fine, CEO of the development organization FHI 360, Director of the Scowcroft Institute Professor Andrew Natsios discusses the dangerous implications of the recent threats to the aid budget.”
Podcast on Putin’s New Russia
In the recent special issue on “Putin’s New Russia: Fragile State or Revisionist Power?” the South Central Review brings together a collection of essays on how Russia’s external demonstrations of strength relate to growing evidence of its internal weaknesses. While Putin has positioned his country as an authoritarian alternative to western, liberal democracies, the gap between his grand strategy and Russia’s capabilities and internal fragility is so great that he will eventually fail dramatically. Unfortunately, as Nicholas Eberstadt writes in one of the essays, a great many very unpleasant things can happen before this gap leads to Russia’s failure. In this blog for Johns Hopkins University Press, I share my thoughts on some of the alarming issues raised in this collection of essays.