News Release

James Goldgeier, Expert on Russia and NATO, Joins Brookings as Visiting Fellow

October 9, 1998

The Brookings Institution is pleased to announce that James Goldgeier, an expert on Russia and NATO, joins the Brookings Foreign Policy Studies program as a visiting fellow. At Brookings, Goldgeier will examine the decision to enlarge NATO, and the expansion’s implications. Based on dozens of interviews with key players, this study will provide the first detailed examination of the origins and development of this important foreign policy initiative and discuss the consequences for U.S. foreign policy, Europe, Russia, and NATO.

“Jim brings great academic credentials and analytic judgment to this examination of NATO expansion,” said Brookings President Michael H. Armacost. “His work will help us to understand recent policymaking in this area, and to glimpse the future of NATO as a force for stability on three continents.”

“Few decisions will prove as momentous as the one to enlarge NATO,” said Richard Haass, director of Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings. “James Goldgeier, an established authority on both Russia and Europe, will dissect what happened and why—and the likely consequences for the United States, Russia and NATO. This work is sure to have a major impact on our understanding of recent history.”

Goldgeier is on leave from his position as associate professor of political science at George Washington University. Formerly, Goldgeier was assistant professor of government at Cornell University, as well as visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. Goldgeier was recently a co-chair of the Term Member Advisory Committee, Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Executive Committee at George Washington University’s Security Policy Studies Program.

Goldgeier’s publications include Leadership Style and Soviet Foreign Policy: Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev (1994), winner of the Edgar S. Furniss award for best book by a first-time author in the field of national and international security; “NATO Expansion: Anatomy of a Decision,” The Washington Quarterly (December 1997); “Psychology and Security,” Security Studies (Summer 1997); and “A Tale of Two Worlds: Core and Periphery in the Post-Cold War Era,” International Organization (co-authored with Michael McFaul, Spring 1992).

Goldgeier holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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