Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE); 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

Left to Right: Tatiana Serafin, Debak Das, Stephanie Santos, Robert Preuhs, Nikolas Gvosev, at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Sept. 28, 2023.

OCT 12, 2023 Podcast

Redefining U.S. Foreign Policy for the Next Generation

In this live episode, "The Doorstep" looks at a new generation of Americans, working to redefine the goals of U.S. foreign policy.

SEP 22, 2023 Podcast

Localizing U.S. Foreign Policy, with Kristina Biyad

Foreign Policy for America Foundation's Kristina Biyad joins "The Doorstep" to discuss "foreign policy for the middle class" three years into the Biden administration.

SEP 8, 2023 Podcast

India's G20 Power Play, with Dr. Happymon Jacob

As the G20 summit gets underway in New Delhi, Dr. Happymon Jacob joins "The Doorstep" to assess what to expect as India takes center stage.

JUL 13, 2023 Podcast

Ukraine's Next Move, with Mark Temnycky

Atlantic Council's Mark Temnycky joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev to unpack the latest news and conflicting reports about the war in Ukraine.

JUL 10, 2023 Article

Ethical Tensions of Track Two Dialogues and Cluster Munitions

Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev analyzes new ethical tensions around ongoing U.S. support of Ukraine.

JUN 21, 2023 Podcast

Sportswashing's Global Rise, with Sarath Ganji

Sarath Ganji, founding director of the Autocracy and Global Sports Initiative, joins Doorstep co-hosts Tatiana Serafin and Nikolas Gvosdev, to explain what sportswashing entails.

JUN 14, 2023 Podcast

When McKinsey Comes to Town, with Walt Bogdanich & Michael Forsythe

"New York Times" journalists Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe discuss their book "When McKinsey Comes to Town" with "Doorstep" co-hosts Nikolas Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin.

MAY 31, 2023 Article

To Engage or Not Engage: Ethical Challenges and Tradeoffs for U.S. Statecraft in 2023

Approaches for policymakers to consider when grappling with the ethical questions of whether and how to engage with authoritarian or increasingly illiberal states and actors.

MAY 10, 2023 Podcast

The Global Impact of Sudan's Current Crisis, with Christopher Tounsel

What does the escalating conflict in Sudan mean for the country, the region, and the world? University of Washington's Christopher Tounsel, joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Tatiana ...

APR 26, 2023 Podcast

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology, with Chris Miller

In "Chip War," economic historian Chris Miller explains how America’s advantage in the chip market led to economic and military superiority, and what it ...