photo: Michael E. Brown

Michael E. Brown

Professor of International Affairs and Political Science
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW

Areas of Expertise

International security; conflict and conflict resolution; and U.S. foreign and defense policy


On Sabbatical, 2015–16 Academic Year

Michael E. Brown served as Dean of GW's Elliott School of International Affairs from 2005 to 2015.

From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Brown was on the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Director of Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies and Director of the M.A. program in Security Studies. From 1994 to 1998, he was Associate Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the Directing Staff and Senior Fellow in U.S. Security Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Dr. Brown was Co-Editor of the journal International Security from 1994 to 2006. He now serves on the journal's Editorial Board. He was Editor of the journal Survival from 1991 to 1994.

Selected Publications

Dr. Brown is the author of Flying Blind: The Politics of the U.S. Strategic Bomber Program, which won the Edgar Furniss National Security Book Award. He is the editor or co-editor of 22 books, including: Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century; Ethnic Conflict and International Security; and Going Nuclear: Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st Century.

Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He has traveled to more than 70 countries.

Courses Taught

IAFF 3190 International Security