- Professorial Lecturer
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Areas of Expertise
Russia and Eurasia, transatlantic relations, European security policy, and bilateral defense relations in Europe and Eurasia
Gary Espinas has served in the Executive Branch for over three decades with a focus on Russia and Eurasia, transatlantic relations, European security policy, and bilateral defense relations in Europe and Eurasia.
During his career in the Department of Defense, Gary served most recently in the Defense Security Cooperation University as Senior Lecturer and Regional Program Lead for Europe, overseeing institutional capacity building programs in Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine. Previously, Gary served for 26 years in the United States Army, retiring as a colonel. A foreign area officer specializing in Russia and Eurasia, he served multiple joint assignments as a political-military officer and arms control advisor.
Gary was a Military Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, teaching a course on Russian foreign policy. In the Pentagon, Gary served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, overseeing a staff responsible for policy and defense relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Prior to this, he served in the Department of State, Department of the Army Staff, and the United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia.
A California native, Gary holds a Master of Arts from Harvard University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Gary is a doctoral candidate in the Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University. Having held faculty appointments at the United States Naval Academy and The George Washington University, Gary is deeply committed to developing the next generation of national security leaders.
Conflict in Ukraine
Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
IAFF 6186 Russia and International Security