Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh



  • B.A., History and French, Lafayette College 
  • M.A.L.D., Ph.D., International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 


  • Strategic Foundations of Leadership 
  • International Security Studies 
  • Maritime Security and Great Power Competition 
  • Strategic Thought 
  • China’s Frontiers and Territorial Disputes 
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Advising for Contemporary Challenges

GEOFFREY F. GRESH is Professor of International Security Studies at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. with a primary research focus on maritime and naval affairs. He has previously served as the Department Chair of International Security Studies, CISA’s thesis/portfolio co-director, and as CISA’s Director of the South and Central Asia Security Studies Program. 

Prior to CISA, he was a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris and was the recipient of a Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Fellowship. He also received a U.S. Fulbright-Hays Grant to teach international relations at Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq. He has been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Istanbul, Turkey and a Presidential Scholarship at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Most recently, he was named as a Hitachi-Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a Visiting Researcher at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, a U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership Fellow, an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at King’s College in London, and as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations. 




Geoffrey F. Gresh, “High Seas,” in eds. Brian C.H. Fong and Ian Chong, Routledge Handbook of Great Power Competition (Routledge, under contract and forthcoming)
—    and Hotaka Nakamura. “Japan as a New Lord of the Subsea?” The Diplomat, May 18, 2023, https://thediplomat.com/2023/05/japan-new-lord-of-the-subsea/.
—. “Europe’s New Maritime Security Reality: Chinese Ports, Russian Bases, and the Rise of Subsea Warfare,” Policy Brief, Brookings Institution, February 2023,                     https://www.brookings.edu/articles/europes-new-maritime-security-reality-chinese-ports-russian-bases-and-the-rise-of-subsea-warfare/.
—. “China’s Maritime Silk Route and the MENA Region,” in ed. Yahia H. Zabour, Routledge Companion to China and the Middle East and North Africa  (New York: Routledge,        2023), Ch. 12, https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Companion-to-China-and-the-Middle-East-and-North-Africa/Zoubir/p/book/9780367499839
—. “The New Great Game at Sea.” War on the Rocks, December 8, 2020, https://warontherocks.com/2020/12/the-new-great-game-at-sea/.
—. “Djibouti: The Great Power Frontier.” Yale University Press Blog, November 12, 2020, http://blog.yalebooks.com/tag/geoffrey-f-gresh/.
—. “Why Maritime Eurasia?” and “Chokepoints of the Western Indian Ocean, China’s Maritime Silk Route, and the Future of Regional Security.” In Geoffrey F. Gresh, ed. Eurasia’s Maritime Rise and Global Security: From the Indian Ocean to Pacific Asia and the Arctic (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
—.  “Beyond Boundaries: Iranian Azeris in an Age of Globalization.” In Meir Litvak, ed. Nationalism Constructing Nationalism in Iran: From the Qajars to the Islamic Republic (New York: Routledge, 2017).  
—. “A Vital Maritime Pinch Point: China, the Bab al-Mandeb, and the Middle East," Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 11, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 37-46.
—.  “The Gulf Looks East: Sino-Arab Relations in an Age of Instability.” Sociology of Islam 4 (2016): 149-165.
—.  “Pivoting East? Sino-Saudi Relations Amid Regional Crises.” Gulf Affairs. Spring 2016.        Available at: http://www.oxgaps.org/files/analysis_gresh.pdf. 
—. “Iran and Oman: Burgeoning Allies.” World Affairs Journal, July 15, 2016, http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/iran-and-oman-burgeoning-allies.
—. “Russia, China, and Stabilizing South Asia.” Foreign Policy, March 12, 2012. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/12/russia_china_and_stabilizing_south_asia.
—.  “China’s Emerging Twin Pillar Policy in the Gulf.” Foreign Policy, November 7, 2011. http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/11/07/chinas_emerging_twin_pillar_ policy_in_the_gulf.
—.  “Traversing the Persian Gauntlet: U.S. Naval Projection and the Strait of Hormuz.” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 33, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 2010): 41-56.