Kamal A Beyoghlow

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Kamal A. Beyoghlow is Professorial Lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University where has been teaching courses on Turkey and its Neighbors, North Africa and the World, and Cross Cultural Communication, since 2005.

He retired from U.S. Government service after 31 years.

He is a former tenured Professor of Grand Strategy and policy and Resident Scholar on the Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies as well as Chair of the Department of Culture and Regional Studies at the U.S. National War College in Washington, D.C.--an accredited highest military academy in the United States.

He served as the U.S. Department of State Principal Representative to President Obama’s Periodic Review Board for Guantanamo.

Dr. Beyoghlow directed the national security strategy program at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College between 1992 and 2004 and from between 2012 and 2014, Dr. Beyoghlow started his US Government career as a civilian political analyst with the US Army 4th Psychological Operations Group at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with focus on the Greater Middle East and N. Africa. He joined the Directorate of Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency as a Political Analyst in 1985 and later became a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of the US Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State responsible for drafting and implementing U.S. counterterrorism policy for the Greater Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dr. Beyoghlow received numerous U.S. Government grants and commendations including the DCI Exceptional Intelligence Analyst Award. He received his Ph. D degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, his Master’s degree from Tufts University in International Relations in cooperation with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. And his Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from San Diego State University. His current research focuses security and stability in North Africa, Turkey and its Neighbors, the future of NATO and the transatlantic alliance including Norway’s High North and Arctic Security. He is currently serving as an adviser to the U.S. Department of State’s Public Diplomacy outreach efforts on NATO and related security matters.

Greater Middle East; North Africa; Turkey and Neighbors; and Islamic Studies

U.S.-Turkey Relations; U.S. Counter Terrorism Policy

UC Berkeley

Private Security Contractors; North Africa; Turkey; Middle East Politics

Most Recent: Turkey and the U.S.