Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University, 2011
M.A., Russian/East European Studies, University of Kansas, 2001
B.A., Government and Literature, Claremont McKenna College, 1998

About Matthew

An expert on strategic analysis in foreign affairs, U.S. politics, security, and military matters, University of New Haven Associate Professor of National Security and Political Science Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D., has taught strategic and operational planning at the Army’s Command and General Staff College, consulted on doctored maps of a downed Russian jet with the Senate Arms Services Committee, been a representative to Ukraine’s post-revolution presidential election, and visiting professor of stability operations at the Army War College. Dr. Schmidt was also named #22 on Fast Company’s list of the 100 most creative people in America for his work bringing design techniques from architecture into military planning.

An expert on defense and intelligence, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Europe, and U.S. foreign policy in North Korea and elsewhere, he also was part of the core team on the Project on National Security Reform, an initiative sponsored by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, which recommended major reforms to the U.S. intelligence and national security community after 9/11. His work has given him deep insight into the political dynamics of these issues.

Dr. Schmidt wrote one of the most widely-cited articles on the philosophy called "Eurasianism," to explain Putin’s strategic thinking. He argued in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs that "Putin is the First Alt-Right President" and that this helps frame his relationship to the U.S. (and to Trump) and is a key to understanding his policy to make Russia a resurgent Great Power.

Dr. Schmidt’s work encompasses the intersection of national politics and foreign policy, where he’s done extensive commentary on the U.S. political system. His childhood on a diary in Kansas and family involvement in politics, and his experience with divided political systems overseas has made him a go-to source on understanding American political polarization.

Dr. Schmidt’s recent interviews include Yahoo! Finance, Washington Times, and an op-ed in Fortune, "The Capitol insurrectionists and ISIS have a lot in common." He holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown.

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Recently Published Books and Articles

Putin Was the First Alt-Right President, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

The Good Soldier: How Pompeo Will Shape the CIA, TheHill.

Will Electric Cars Turn the World Upside Down?, Newsweek.

Matthew J. Schmidt, The Habit of Strategy: Developing Strategic Leaders for Business and Government, TBP by Wiley.
A Science of Context: The Qualitative Approach as Fundamental to Strategic Thought, in Heather Wolters, Anna Grome, and Ryan Hinds, eds., Enhancing the Army's Strategic Thinking Capability, (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences: 2013).

A 21st Century Eisenhower Obama's New New Look Defense Policy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military blog/column, November 20, 2012, at: https://www.georgetownjournalofinternationalaffairs.org/online-edition/21st-century-eisenhower-obamas-new-new-look-defense-policy-by-matthew-schmidt

Why doesn't the Army want to be a real Army, and think about its actual tasks?, guest post on The Best Defense, Foreign Policy hosted blog by Pulitzer Prize Winner Tom Ricks, November 6, 2012, at:http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/06/why_doesnt_the_army_want_to_be_a_real_army_and_think_about_its_actual_tasks

Enemies Foreign and Domestic, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, August 28, 2012, at: http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

The Struggle to Deliver Justice in Afghanistan, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, July 26, 2012, at: http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

The Afghanistan War Report Part II: Blue State, Red State and the Road Ahead, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, April 30, 2012, at: http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

The Afghanistan War Report Part I: Looking back on Eleven Years, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, April 23, 2012, at:http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

The Next War, A Special Forces War, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/ column, January 10, 2012, at:http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

National Security Reform is Dead! Long Live National Security Reform?, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, December 13, 2011, at:http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

Doctrine 2015: The Army's What Now Moment, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Matters Military
blog/column, November 22, 2011, at:http://journal.georgetown.edu/category/matters-military/

MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform, with Christopher J. Lamb, Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 55, (4th Quarter 2009).

Christopher J. Lamb, Matthew J. Schmidt, and Berit G. Fitzsimmons. MRAPs, Irregular Warfare, and Pentagon Reform. Washington, D.C.: Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University Press, 2009.

Alex Ryan (Lead), Peter Schifferle, Michael Stewart, Alice Butler-Smith, Matthew Schmidt, John Rochelle, George Webb (Core Team), Bruce Stanley, Andrew Johnson, Michael Hutchens (Subject Matter Experts). Art of Design, Student Text, Version 2.0. Leavenworth, KS: School of Advanced Military Studies, 2009.

Project on National Security Reform. Forging a New Shield. Arlington, VA: Center for the Study of the Presidency, Project on National Security Reform, 2008.

Future Security Drivers and Trends - 2050, Project on National Security Reform, Institute for National Security Studies, white paper, 2008.

Description of the Current National Security System of the United States, Preliminary Findings, Project on National Security Reform, Institute for National Security Studies, white paper, 2008.

Forging a New Shield. Arlington, VA: Center for the Study of the Presidency, Project on National Security Reform, 2008. Christopher J. Lamb (Lead), James Douglas Orton, Matt Shabat, Matthew Schmidt, Rei Tang, David Tucker (Core Team).

Is Putin Pursuing a Eurasianist Foreign Policy,? Demokratizatsiya, (Winter 2004-05). What the Hunt for Red October Can Tell Us about a Culture-Centric Approach to Warfare, Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, October 2006.

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