John Schmidt

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


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John R. Schmidt is a professorial lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the “International Relations of South Asia.” During a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service he served in senior positions at the Department of State and National Security Council. His foreign postings included London, Krakow, Brussels, and Islamabad, where he spent the three years leading up to 9/11. In addition to his expertise on Pakistan and South Asia he is also one of the leading U.S. experts on NATO and European security and political issues. He has written extensively on South Asian and European security issues for leading foreign policy journals and online news magazines including Survival, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, The Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, Orbis and The Daily Beast. His book, The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad, is an analytical history of Pakistan’s involvement with radical Islam.

IAFF 3186 International Relations of South Asia

The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad