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

Electric car charging

APR 10, 2023 Article

The Ethics and Geopolitics of the Electric Vehicle Transition

As electric vehicles become more common, policymakers will have a new set of ethical dilemmas to confront, writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev, as questions about ...

APR 5, 2023 Podcast

Geopolitics of Electricity, with Chiara Lo Prete

The global energy crisis, greener energy, and the expansion of renewables are many of the reasons electricity grids are making headlines. Chiara Lo Prete, associate ...

MAR 22, 2023 Podcast

How Feminist Foreign Policy Can Reshape the Globe, with Kristina Lunz

In the second conversation of our Women's History Month podcast series, Kristina Lunz, co-CEO and co-founder of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, joins "Doorstep" ...

MAR 15, 2023 Podcast

Closing the Global Gender Gap, with Eliza Reid

For Women's History Month, "The Doorstep" is highlighting steps being taken for greater global gender equality. What can societies do to increase the pace of ...

MAR 8, 2023 Podcast

Re-engaging Africa, with The New School's Sean Jacobs

At the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December, President Joe Biden signaled that "Africa's success is the world's success." The New School’s Sean ...

Rally for Ukraine in Washington, DC, February 2022

FEB 28, 2023 Article

U.S. Leaders Need to Make the "Doorstep" Case for Supporting Ukraine

The Biden administration continues to make its appeal for support for Ukraine's war effort, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen discussing the economic reasons in a "...

FEB 22, 2023 Podcast

How the Ukraine-Russia War Has Changed the U.S., with Dr. Alex S. Vindman

Alex S. Vindman, former director for European affairs at the National Security Council, joins "The Doorstep" to assess how the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war has affected ...

FEB 10, 2023 Podcast

India Rising, with Harvard's Prof. Tarun Khanna

With India now at helm of the G20 and a summit set for New Delhi in September, the South Asian nation is stepping up its ...

FEB 1, 2023 Podcast

Sanctions Loopholes, Rerouting Trade, & Russia's War Machine, with Rachel Ziemba

Leading up to the one-year anniversary of Russia's second invasion of Ukraine, Rachel Ziemba, head of Ziemba Insights and adjunct senior fellow at the Center ...

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in lit up in Ukraine's colors, February 2022.

JAN 26, 2023 Article

Is the West at "war" with Russia?

What does it mean precisely when German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock says that the Euro-Atlantic community finds itself at "war” with Russia in Ukraine? Senior ...