Michael E. Brown

Professor of International Affairs and Political Science
Elliott School of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

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

Michael E. Brown is a Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He was Dean of the Elliott School from 2005 to 2015.

From 1998 to 2005, Professor Brown was on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. From 2000 to 2005, he was 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, 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. Professor Brown was Editor of the journal Survivalfrom 1991 to 1994. He was Co-Editor of International Security, the leading academic journal in the security studies field, from 1994 to 2006. He now serves on the Editorial Boards of Asian SecurityInternational Security, and The Washington Quarterly.

His research interests include: U.S. foreign policy and U.S. grand strategy; regional security in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East; global trends and global governance; and gender equality.

Professor Brown received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He has given more than 150 talks in more than 30 countries outside of his home country, the United States. He has traveled to more than 70 countries.


Professor 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: Ethnic Conflict and International SecurityGrave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century and Going Nuclear: Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st Century.

Classes Taught

IAFF 1005: Introduction to International Affairs

IAFF 3090: International Security

PSC 6349: International Security Politics