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

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 ...

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 ...

OCT 28, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: The Evangelical Right Takes Latin America, with Francisco de Santibañes

It's election season in the U.S. and around the world. Wilson Center's Francisco de Santibañes joins Doorstep co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin ...

OCT 19, 2021 Podcast

Negotiating the New START Treaty, with Rose Gottemoeller

As the U.S. chief negotiator of the New START treaty, Rose Gottemoeller's new book is an invaluable insider's account of the negotiations between the ...

OCT 14, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: The New Age of Mass Migration, with FutureMap's Parag Khannna

Ahead of the United Nations COP26 Climate Change Summit, Parag Khanna joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin to speak about his new book "...

SEP 30, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: Can the United Nations Save the World? with Catherine Tinker

The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly ended this week in New York with little fanfare. Yet important global discussions took place in ...

SEP 28, 2021 Podcast

China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, with Peter Martin

What can we learn about China's ambitions from studying how its diplomats operate? In his new book "China’s Civilian Army," Bloomberg's Peter Martin draws ...

SEP 2, 2021 Podcast

The Doorstep: What's Next for Biden's Asia Pivot? with Paul Saunders

"Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin are joined by Paul Saunders, president of the Energy Innovation Reform Project, to evaluate Vice President Kamala Harris' ...