Gary Espinas

Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Russian and Eurasian politics and history, U.S.-Russian relations, U.S. defense policy, institutional capacity building

Gary Espinas is senior lecturer and regional program lead for Europe with the Institute for Security Governance, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). He oversees and implements institutional capacity building programs in Europe on change management and security cooperation. Before coming to DSCA, Mr. Espinas was a United States Army foreign area officer specializing in Russia and Eurasia. In this role, he served multiple joint assignments as a political-military officer and conventional arms control advisor. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Espinas was military professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, teaching a course on Russian foreign policy. From 2008 to 2011, he was director for Russia, Caucasus, and the Black Sea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, supporting senior-level Department of Defense engagements in the region. Mr. Espinas has also taught a course on the politics of Russia at the United States Naval Academy. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Russian studies from Harvard, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Georgetown.

Current Research

Conflict in Ukraine


Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University

M.A., Harvard University

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Classes Taught

IAFF 6186 Russia and International Security