Alexander T. J. Lennon

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Alexander T. J. Lennon

Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Quarterly; Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty

Department: Office of the Dean, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies


Office Phone: 202-994-8756
1957 E St. NW, Office #605Z Washington, D.C. 20052

Alexander T. J. Lennon is the editor-in-chief of The Washington Quarterly, a premier global security journal hosted at GW focusing on global strategic trends and their public policy implications, since 1999. Lennon also teaches US Grand Strategy and focuses his work on the grand strategy and foreign and security policies of contemporary major powers—especially the United States and China—as well as nuclear security, particularly global nonproliferation and deterrence. He has completed projects on the future of democracy promotion in US grand strategy, the national security implications of global climate change, and the regional risks of proliferation from Iran and North Korea. He previously served at the U.S. Department of State, focusing on Middle East and South Asian regional security. Lennon has edited or coedited seven books, published numerous articles and op-eds, and has been interviewed frequently by the media. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP). Lennon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where his dissertation was on the role of track-two networks in U.S. nonproliferation policy (chaired by John Steinbruner), an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University, where he was also the national policy debate (NDT) champion. He previously taught at Georgetown University and is also a founding Board member of the Washington Urban Debate League (WUDL) since 2014. Lennon is also an avid golfer and has volunteered as a manager and coach for travel baseball and softball as well as the high school policy debate coach at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Grand strategy, global security, nuclear security and nonproliferation

BA Government, Harvard (1991), MA National Security Studies, Georgetown (1995), Ph.D. Policy Studies, Maryland (2006)

US Grand Strategy