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Steven Meyer, Ph.D. is the Dean of Graduate Studies and the National Security Program Chair at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School. He served 25 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior intelligence analyst and manager. He specialized in European and Russian politics; nuclear weapons, security and defense issues; arms control enforcement; and psychological analysis. He was a member of the intelligence support for conventional arms control talks in Vienna and nuclear arms control talks in Geneva and for the medium-range nuclear weapons treaty. During the Bosnia wars in the 1990s, Dr. Meyer served as Deputy Chief of the CIA’s Balkan Task Force. Throughout his career, Dr. Meyer taught at as an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
While still at the CIA, Dr. Meyer took a rotational assignment to Capitol Hill for two years and was responsible in two successive Senate offices for foreign and security and policy and intelligence issues. He took another three year rotational assignment from the CIA to teach at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), where he lectured on intelligence, American foreign and security policy, the American Constitution, international law, contemporary European and African politics, American and European history, and economic development.
Upon retiring from the CIA in 2011, he joined TSM Global Consultants and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Justice. He also was a professor of political science and national security studies at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C., for 13 years. He specializes in political, economic, security, and environmental issues and regularly lectures on these issues in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Meyer contributes to several professional journals and books including “The Dayton Agreement: Anchor to the Past or Bridge to the Future?,” a paper that was delivered at a conference in Bosnia in September 2012 and published as part of the proceedings of the conference; “America’s Outmoded Security Strategy” (co-authored), in The Journal of Current History, January 2012; and, “Kaleidoscopic Change in World Affairs: Emerging Patterns of Sovereignty and Governance,” chapter 2 in Prospects and Ambiguities in Globalization, an edited volume by Lexington Books, 2009. He is currently working on a major book concerning the political aspects of globalization and their impact on the U.S.
Dr. Meyer received B.S. degrees in mathematics and political science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in political science, respectively, from Fordham University in New York City and Georgetown University. He conducted specialized research and taught political science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and conducted his dissertation research and taught at the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dr. Meyer is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic fraternity and Pi Sigma Alpha, the honorary political science fraternity.
Recent Publications & News
WATCH: U.S.-Russia Relations (CGTN) Aug 10, 2018
WATCH: Expulsion of Russian Diplomats from U.S. (BBC World News) MAR 30, 2018
Analytical Essay (International Studies Review) May 22, 2018
Israel’s Future (Center for Public Justice, 2 Mar 2015)
On March 17th, Israel will hold what many commentators argue could be the most significant national election in a generation. Its significance depends not only on who wins (right-of-center Likud or left-of-center Labor), but what the winners do with the victory. Nothing will change unless the victor is willing to break the inertial slugging match that has hamstrung relations between Israel and most of the rest of the Middle East and has shaken support for Israel throughout the West. Current neck-and-neck polls reflect a fluid situation in which voters are unsure where they are going and what they want. . .
Torture, Ethics, and the Law (Center for Public Justice, 22 Dec 2014)
Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee published the results of a five-year long investigation of interrogation programs employed by the CIA during the years immediately after September 11, 2001. The report is more than 6,700 pages long, and while most of it is classified, the executive summary—which is itself over 500 pages–is unclassified. The report paints a detailed, grizzly, often disturbing picture of what the program’s detractors call “torture” and its supporters describe as “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EIT). . .
The Fall of the Wall (Center for Public Justice, 17 Nov 2014)
The Berlin Wall fell twenty-five years ago this month. In November 1989, I was the chief of the East German branch at the CIA and was privileged to be in Berlin when the wall came down. Like thousands of others, I took a hammer and pounded on the wall much of the night. I still use a piece of the wall as a paper weight today. . .
The Past and Future of War (Center for Public Justice, 15 Sept 2014)
This year has been awash in publications, conferences, and memorabilia commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War– a war that changed the world more profoundly than any other major conflict in modern history. . .
Intelligence: A Noble Profession? (Center for Public Justice, 4 Aug 2014)
When Edward Snowden went public last year, revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) had access to virtually every phone call made by almost anyone in the world, including the leaders of some of America’s closest allies, the role of intelligence has again become the focus of intense debate. Earlier, the “wiki leaks” operation revealed reams of classified intelligence information, and most recently the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Station Chief in Berlin was ordered to leave Germany. This is a highly unusual move, especially among allies, and signals deep anger on the part of the German government about U.S. intelligence activities. . .
The Collapse of Iraq (Center for Public Justice, 30 Jun 2014)
Iraq is on the verge of collapse as a unified state, and the United States has no good options to reverse the situation. The forces of the Sunni-dominated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ultimately may not be able to —or want to— conquer the entire country, but Iraq’s problems are so deep seated that it will be virtually impossible now to stitch the country back together. . .
A Telling Election (Center for Public Justice, 2 Jun 2014)
Last week, European voters went to the polls to elect all 751 members of the European Parliament. As expected, voters handed “mainstream” parties a resounding defeat by boosting the membership of left and right wing “fringe” parties. While far from having a majority, these parties may bring up their seat total from the twelve percent they had in the last Parliament to twenty-five percent now. The success of the fringe parties—many of whom oppose the European Union—has sent a shock through the entire system and raises their prospects in the elections for national parliaments over the next two years. . .
The Lessons and Challenges of Syria (Center for Public Justice, 23 May 2014)
The bloody conflagration in Syria is now in its third year with over 150,000 dead, more than two million refugees, an estimated nine million internally displaced people, and catastrophic destruction of the physical environment. The city of Homs, the rebel “capital,” is now in government hands, and the Assad regime seems to be winning the war. The international community remains at a loss as to what to do. The effort to negotiate an end to the conflict collapsed almost as soon as it started and Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, has resigned after two years of failed efforts at resolution. . .
The Continuing Saga (Center for Public Justice, 25 Apr 2014)
More than two months into the Ukrainian crisis, the West—mostly the United States—has not been able to “solve” the issue. From Washington’s perspective, it has only gotten worse. Not only is Crimea in Russian hands, but much of eastern and southern Ukraine is now bedeviled by insurrection. This crisis resists resolution for three interrelated reasons. . .
Ukraine: The Plot Thickens (Center for Public Justice, 21 Mar 2016)
On Sunday, March 16, an overwhelming majority of voters in Crimea passed a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join with Russia. On Tuesday, Crimean and Russian leaders signed a treaty to formally join Crimea with the Russian Federation. The crisis that has enveloped Ukraine for more than a month has provided an opportunity for Russia to press its interests in Ukraine, which dovetail with the interests of Russians living in Crimea who have chafed under Ukrainian rule. . .
Ukraine: In the Balance Again (Center for Public Justice, 28 Feb 2014)
Last weekend, Ukraine pulled back from almost certain disintegration and possible civil war. The current crisis is far from over and could deepen further, impacting not only Ukraine itself, but the future of relations between a resurgent Russia and a defensive West, both of which are heavily involved there. . .
Failure in Bosnia (Transconflict, 20 Feb 2014)
Bosnia’s future as a single, unified state has never been promising, but without effective leadership the future will be bleak indeed. The recent riots need to be seen as a “wake up” call — not for political recrimination and scapegoating, but for intelligence, creative solutions, and cooperation. . .