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Drug Cartels as Start-ups? Interview with Dr. Rodrigo Nieto Gomez
An interview NSA’s Dr. Rodrigo Nieto Gomez did with the Monterey Weekly led to a featured interview with Vice Magazine. In the interview, Dr. Nieto Gomez, whose research is based on analyzing criminal... Read More

NSA Prof Afshon Ostovar Published in Foreign Affairs
Prof. Afshon Ostovar, a recent addition to the NSA Department, has a piece titled “Soldiers of the Revolution: A Brief History of Iran’s IRCC” published in Foreign Affairs. In the article, he notes, “... Read More

Scenario Use in Political Science…Imagine
According to NSA’s Prof. Naazneen Barma, the “scenario analysis constitutes the art of juxtaposing current trends in unexpected combinations in order to articulate surprising and yet plausible futures... Read More

NSA Faculty Contribute to Diplomacy Efforts
The July 2016 issue of In Review prominently featured the contribution to international diplomacy of three NSA Professors: Paul Kapur, Feroz Khan, and Christopher Twomey. Among other things, Professor Twomey leads Track II dialogue discussions between US and China, while Professor Kapur facilitates dialogues with India. Read More

Visiting Scholar Discusses Russia and Putin with NSA Students
Professor Brian Taylor of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University visited the National Security Affairs Department recently to meet with students and faculty as part of the department’s Global Conne... Read More

Dr. Covell Meyskens Featured in NY Times
Professor Covell Meyskens, who joined the NSA Department earlier this year, was interviewed for a New York Times article in August for his work on an upcoming book on China’s Third Front, a massive in... Read More

NSA Professor Huntley Shares Knowledge with DLI FAOs
Prof. Wade Huntley, an NSA faculty with expertise in nuclear weapons proliferation, spoke about North Korea’s nuclear weapon’s program at the Defense Language Institute’s Foreign Area Officer’s traini... Read More

NSA Department Welcomes New Professors
The NSA Department is pleased to welcome aboard Assistant Professors Emily Meierding and Afshon Ostovar. Prior to joining us at NPS, Dr. Meierding was at the Graduate Institute of International and D... Read More

When Programming Trumps Policy and Plans
The recent Journal of Strategic Studies features an article by NSA's Prof Thomas-Durell Young titled, "When Programming Trumps Policy and Plans: The Case of the US Department of the Navy." I... Read More

Prof. Helen Anderson Receives Instructor Award
Prof. Helen Anderson was awarded the LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Instructor Award. This award is long overdue and well-deserved. She is one of the most dedicated professors in the NSA departmen... Read More

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Latest Publications

Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics and Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Author: Afshon Ostovar
Professor Afshon Ostovar will be joining the Department of National Security Affairs in July. This is the first comprehensive history of the IRGC from its establishment through 2015. This book explores the development of the IRGC as an institution of power in Iran, and as an influential covert and military force in the Middle East. Afshon Ostovar moves beyond standard narratives of the IRGC, and examines the impact of culture, identity, and religion on the organization's politics and activities.

Maritime Strategy and Global Order
Author: Dan Moran and James Russell
Taken for granted as the natural order of things, peace at sea is in fact an immense and recent achievement—but also an enormous strategic challenge if it is to be maintained in the future. In Maritime Strategy and Global Order, an international roster of top scholars offers historical perspectives and contemporary analysis to explore the role of naval power and maritime trade in creating the international system.

Fall of the Sultanate
Author: Ryan Gingeras
The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1922: A concise, comprehensive survey of the Ottoman Empire in the early twentieth century. Represents the most current research and interpretations from the field of Ottoman history. Offers a readable narrative comprising rich surveys of key individuals and events.

Grad School Essentials
Author: Zachary Shore
What’s the hardest part of grad school? It’s not simply that the workload is heavy and the demands are high. It’s that too many students lack efficient methods to let them do their best. Professor Zachary Shore aims to change this. With humorous, lively prose, Professor Shore teaches you to master the five most crucial skills you need to succeed: how to read, write, speak, act, and research at a higher level. Each chapter in this no-nonsense guide outlines a unique approach to acquiring a skill and then demonstrates how to enhance it. Through these concrete, practical methods, Grad School Essentials will save you time, elevate the quality of your work, and help you to earn the degree you seek.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Author: Ryan Gingeras
Part of The World in A Life series, this brief text provides insight into the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. By the outbreak of World War II, the Republic of Turkey epitomized more than a state bound for better times; it aspired to represent the essence of modern politics in the twentieth century.

Nationalism, Language, and Muslim Exceptionalism
Author: Tristan J. Mabry
In an era of ethnopolitical conflict and constitutional change worldwide, nationalist and Islamist movements are two of the most powerful forces in global politics. However, the respective roles played by nationalism and Islamism in Muslim separatist movements have until recently been poorly understood. The conventional view foregrounds Muslim exceptionalism, which suggests that allegiance to the nation of Islam trumps ethnic or national identity. But, as Tristan James Mabry shows, language can be a far more reliable indicator of a Muslim community's commitment to nationalist or Islamist struggles.

The US Military in Africa
Author: Jessica Piombo
Recent US security policy toward Africa has adopted a multidimensional approach—including the use of military assets to promote economic development and good governance—that has raised questions and generated considerable debate. Can actors like the US military develop appropriate methods to address both US and African interests? What blend of civilian and military programs are most likely to produce the best outcomes? And more fundamentally, is the military the appropriate actor to undertake governance and development projects?

Institutions Taking Root
Author: Naazneen Barma
Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and achieve success in delivering results earning legitimacy and forging resilience in otherwise challenging contexts.

Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey
Author: Ryan Gingeras
Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey explores the history of organized crime in Turkey and the roles which gangs and gangsters have played in the making of the Turkish state and Turkish politics.

Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies
Author: James Wirtz
Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies--An Anthology, Fourth Edition, is the most up-to-date reader in intelligence studies. Editors Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz present a diverse, comprehensive, and highly accessible set of forty readings by leading experts in the field. This unique volume features comprehensive coverage of many hot topics including methods of intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, the danger of intelligence politicization, relationships between intelligence officers and the policymakers they serve, covert action, counterintelligence, accountability and civil liberties, the implications of major intelligence failures in 2001 and 2002, and recent controversies over highly classified documents leaked by insiders.

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