Mark Katz

Katz earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of California at Riverside (1976); an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1978); and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982). He has been teaching at George Mason University since 1988. He is the author of Leaving without Losing: The War on Terror after Iraq and Afghanistan (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
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Ending the War on Terror: The Need for Conflict Resolution

Individually resolving many salient regional conflicts will eliminate grievances, stem the flow of new terrorists, and thus facilitate the winding down of the War on Terror, argues Mark N. Katz. The Obama Administration has placed increased emphasis on killing terrorists via unmanned drone attacks concurrent with Commando Raids. But such kinetic actions alone will not end the War on Terror. ... Continue Reading

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The Changing Dynamics of Indian-American Relations

India and the United States now seem like natural allies, but cannot take their relationship for granted. Since the dawn of the 21st century, two remarkable events have occurred. One is the emergence of India as an acknowledged great power. The other has been the dramatic improvement in Indian-American relations. These two events are not the same. India could have emerged as a great power... Continue Reading

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Russian Foreign Policy in Putin’s Third Term

Despite the sweeping changes taking place across the Middle East and Asia, Putin is unlikely to change Russia’s foreign policy. What will Russian foreign policy be like now that Vladimir Putin has resumed the Russian presidency? There are two general observations that can be made about this question. First, Putin’s return to the presidency is unlikely to lead to dramatic... Continue Reading

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Russian-European Energy Relations: What Is the Problem?

Russia depends on its gas exports to Europe, almost as much as Europe depends on them. Many Western analysts fear that European dependence on Russian energy supplies is leading to increased European political dependence on Russia. The argument runs that the more Europe depends on Russian energy, the more it will have to bow to Moscow’s political demands due to the possibility that... Continue Reading

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The Kremlin’s Quest for Multipolarity

On Russia’s role in a multipolar world. The Cold War was widely seen as a bipolar world order dominated by that era’s two rival superpowers:  the United States and the Soviet Union.  While the two of them did not (indeed, could not) control the rest of the world, there was a Soviet-American dimension to much of the Cold War era’s international... Continue Reading

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