Thomas Robbins Parker

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Dr. Thomas Parker worked in the Executive Office of the President, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, the Intelligence Community and the U.S. Congress over the course of thirty years.

He currently teaches security studies at George Washington University. He has also taught at the University of Haifa and lectured at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, SciencesPo and the French Defense Ministry in Paris, and the European University in Petersburg.   

He has published numerous articles on foreign policy and defense issues and a book on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. His book on statecraft was published in 2023 by the Notre Dame University Press.

In 2016, he was part of a senior level U.S. delegation that discussed U.S.-China relations with Chinese foreign ministry and defense officials in Beijing. In 2012 he was an election observer in the country of Georgia.                



U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Issues

The political realist tradition

Ph.D., City University of New York

Uses of Military Power and Intelligence in Foreign Policy Making

Latest: "When Churchill Bombed France," The National Interest, September/October 2016