Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE); Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a senior fellow for the U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE) at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

He is also a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, the director of the Policy Analysis sub-course in the National Security Affairs Department, and the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in economic geography and national security.

Gvosdev was the editor of The National Interest and remains a senior editor at the magazine. In addition, he holds a non-residential senior fellowship at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a co-author of U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower (2015). He previously published Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors and Sectors (with Christopher Marsh) in 2013.

Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, and developments in the Middle East.

Featured Work

FEB 28, 2022 Podcast

Russia Invades Ukraine: A Principled Response

Russia's invasion of Ukraine raises several ethical questions: Why did diplomacy fail? What does the invasion mean for the principle of sovereignty? Are sanctions an ...

FEB 17, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: Are China & Russia Winning? with Colin Dueck

With 2022 U.S. midterm elections looming, George Mason University's Colin Dueck comes back to speak with "Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin about the ...

FEB 10, 2022 Podcast

Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World, with Peter S. Goodman

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world's wealthiest added a whopping $3.9 trillion to their pockets while as many as 500 million people descended into ...

JAN 27, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: The Hidden Global Growth Crisis, with Rachel Ziemba

Over the past year, America has imported more oil from Russia and goods from China to address domestic inflation and supply chain issues. Abroad, the ...

JAN 25, 2022 Podcast

American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History, with Casey Michel

Last October, millions of leaked documents known as the Pandora Papers exposed the shadowy financial structures global power players from politicians to billionaires use to ...

JAN 13, 2022 Podcast

The Doorstep: Opportunities for New Narratives in Foreign Policy, with Judah Grunstein

Judah Grunstein, editor-in-chief of "World Politics Review," returns to "The Doorstep" to discuss 2022 trends in U.S. global engagement with co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana ...

DEC 16, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: Grading the Biden/Harris "Foreign Policy for the Middle Class" with Mo Elleithee

The Biden/Harris team had big plans for re-engaging the U.S. with the world after four years of retrenchment under Trump. But the continuing ...

DEC 3, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: Mercenaries & the New Middle Ages, with Sean McFate

One of the fastest growing—and underreported—subjects in international relations is the rise of private armies. Dr. Sean McFate, Atlantic Council senior fellow and ...

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NOV 18, 2021 Podcast

Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai, with Saumya Roy

Waste, from food to plastics, not only affects climate change but also affects people's lives in ways that we don't always consider. Saumya Roy brings ...

NOV 12, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: Reversing Missed Opportunities in Africa, with Howard W. French

By 2030, Africa is projected to be home to 60 percent of the world’s working-age population. Columbia Journalism School’s Professor Howard W. French, author of ...