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Michael Vlahos

Professor at The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs

Michael Vlahos is currently a professor at The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs, teaching strategy and global net assessment.

He is also a regular guest on the John Batchelor Show.

Dr. Vlahos was formally a senior staff member of the National Security Assessment team of the National Security Analysis Department (NSAD) at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Dr. Vlahos has worked with anthropologists and Islamic Studies specialists to develop a culture-area concept to help the Defense World better understand and respond operationally to the changing environment of the Muslim World.

This concept is developed in his two recent monographs, Terrors’ Mask: Insurgency Within Islam (2002), and Cultures’ Mask: War and Change After Iraq (2004), and his paper Two Enemies: Non-State Actors and Change in the Muslim World (.

His 2001 book, Terrors’ Mask: Insurgency Within Islam, now a text in the Navy War College Strategy Department and the University of Chicago Islamic Studies Department.

Mr. Vlahos is a former fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation and the Center for Naval Analysis and headed the Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

Previously, he served as the director of the Securities Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He has authored several books published by Johns Hopkins/SAIS and the U.S. State Department, and his commentary has appeared in Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, National Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

Mr. Vlahos has also appeared regularly on Crossfire, Good Morning America, CNN and Larry King Live.

He received his A.B. from Yale College in 1973 and his Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1981.

Articles by Michael Vlahos

America’s Dark Shadows: The Charleston Massacre

White supremacist Dylann Roof extends a national tradition of ritual slaying.

June 21, 2015

Anti-Militarism: A Source of Modern German Confidence

With nothing left to prove on battlefields, Germany can pursue other tasks and strategies.

June 8, 2015

Why Putin Misses the Soviet Union So Much

The Soviet Union was Russia's most inspiring claim to Russia's identity.

February 17, 2015

Putin’s and Russia’s Quest for Identity and Belonging

How withholding respect for Russia could lead to war.

February 16, 2015

Charlie Hebdo and the Project of French Identity

What to do when you are no longer the next universal vision for humanity?

January 16, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Putin!

Has the Czar single-handedly rescued our "American Way of War"?

April 29, 2014

Why Americans Love Bombardment

Has justice through retribution become the new American virtue?

September 11, 2013

China’s Millennial Doubts

China will soon be under new leadership. But the real change in China is taking place further down the generational chain.

November 10, 2012

America’s Dark Shadows: Aurora, Sikhs and Guns

Can the inhuman act of a single person lay bare the neuralgia of an entire people?

August 7, 2012

Canada, the Savage Invader?

Does Canada really help explain the United States' characteristic "way of war"?

November 18, 2011

Why America Is Like Imperial Spain (Part II)

What lessons can Imperial Spain's travails in the Netherlands teach the United States about Afghanistan?

January 14, 2011

Why America Is Like Imperial Spain (Part I)

When it comes to the United States' Afghan foray, why is it instructive to recall Don Quixote's futile quest?

January 13, 2011

American Power and the Fall of Modernity (Part III)

What will the future of governance look like?

September 4, 2009

Drug Wars and Faltering States: The Demise of National Identity (Part II)

How do the weaknesses of nation-states show up in the drug wars of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Pakistan?

September 3, 2009

American Power and the Fall of Modernity (Part I)

What will the nation-state look like in the future?

September 2, 2009

U.S. History and the War on Terrorism

In what direction will the United States' military power take it?

April 25, 2009

The West's Third "Late Stage" Globalization

Is globalization really a kind of historical cycle?

April 6, 2009

America as a Revolutionary Force

Has the U.S. invasion of Iraq spelled the end of the Arab ancien régime?

March 8, 2005

Religion and U.S. Grand Strategy

Why does George W. Bush invoke religious imagery to call America into action?

June 8, 2003