Michael Mandelbaum, PhD

Christian A. Herter Professor and Director, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Mandelbaum, PhD

Christian A. Herter Professor and Director, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter professor of American foreign policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he is also the chairman of the Department of American Foreign Policy. Before joining Johns Hopkins in 1990, Professor Mandelbaum taught at Harvard University, Columbia University and at the United States Naval Academy. He also has taught business executives at the Wharton Advanced Management Program in the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mandelbaum is the author of 10 books and the editor of 12 more.

Dr. Mandelbaum spent a year in the State Department in Washington from 1982-1983 on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in the office of Undersecretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, working on security issues.

After publishing three books on nuclear weapons issues, The Nuclear Question (1979), The Nuclear Revolution (1981) and The Nuclear Future (1983), Dr. Mandelbaum shifted his focus to the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States, co-writing two books on the subject, Reagan and Gorbachev (1987) and The Global Rivals (1988), which was made into a Public Broadcasting series with Bernard Kalb as the host. In 1986 he became a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he also was the director of the Council’s Project on East-West Relations. In this role, which continued for 17 years until 2003, Dr. Mandelbaum became a frequent guest on television and radio, discussing such major issues as the arms race, the fall of the Soviet Union, the war in Iraq and the implications of globalization. He has appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” “The News Hour,” “Face the Nation,” “Larry King Live” and “The Charlie Rose Show,” among many other programs.

Since 1985 Dr. Mandelbaum has written a regular foreign affairs analysis column for Newsday. His Op-Ed pieces on foreign affairs have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and have been republished in newspapers around the world. In addition to his newspaper columns, Dr. Mandelbaum has written many longer articles for TIME Magazine, as well as the journal Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Mandelbaum was the Whitney H. Shepardson fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1999-2000 and a Carnegie scholar (in 2004-2005) of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Since 1984 he has been the associate director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program on Relations With the Former Communist World, which organizes seminars for members of Congress to educate them on the issues facing the United States in its relations with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Russia. In this role, he has traveled throughout Russia and Eastern Europe and has met regularly with the members of Congress who take the lead on foreign policy issues, as well as with their counterparts in both Western and Eastern European legislatures. This has deepened his understanding of the perspectives of American House and Senate members as well as the responsibilities and constraints on many foreign legislators. He also has testified before the Congressional committees and subcommittees with responsibilities for foreign relations and the armed services.

As a member of the board of advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Mandelbaum contributes his understanding of the Middle East to this Washington, DC-based policy group and has made numerous trips to the region with its leadership.

A popular speaker for the United States Information Agency for more than two decades, Dr. Mandelbaum has explained American foreign policy to diverse groups throughout Europe, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Middle East. His ability to cut through clichés and misunderstandings have made him a popular lecturer. He lectures widely to business groups, corporate seminars, government officials, members of the foreign diplomatic corps, and at universities and academic institutions around the world on American foreign policy and the major issues of international relations.

He was educated at Yale University, Kings College of Cambridge University, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D.

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