Richard L. Russell, Adjunct Faculty

Richard L. Russell served for seventeen years as a political-military analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.

He is presently Professor of National Security Affairs at the National Defense University’s Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.  Russell’s teaching and research focuses on international relations, American foreign and defense policy, strategic studies, intelligence, and Middle East security. He is the author of three books:

Richard L. Russell Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets it Wrong and What Needs to be Done to Get it Right
Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets It Wrong and What Needs to be Done to Get It Right (Cambridge University Press, 2007);

Richard L. Russell Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East
Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East (Routledge, 2005); and,

George F. Kennan's Strategic Thought: The Making of an American Political Realist
George F. Kennan’s Strategic Thought: The Making of an American Political Realist (Praeger, 1999).


He has also published more than forty journal and magazine articles and sixteen chapters in edited volumes.

Russell holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and has held research appointments with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and the Center for the National Interest. He has previously taught graduate courses as an adjunct professor of security studies for Georgetown University.

Richard L. Russell