Dr. Craig Deare

Professor and Department Chair, Strategic Initiatives and Leadership

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Dr. Deare has served on the faculty of the National Defense University since January 2001. Dr. Deare came to the College of International Security Affairs in March 2010 from the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, where he served for nine years as a Professor of National Security Affairs and Dean of Academic Affairs. Most recently he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council.

Dr. Deare served in the U.S. Army for 20 years with a variety of assignments specializing in Military Intelligence and Latin American Foreign Area Officer duties. His initial assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served for five years to include time as a Company Commander of an Intelligence Company Team.

He served as the Deputy Commander of the Joint Counterintelligence Operations Element in Honduras in 1986, after which he attended graduate school with a subsequent assignment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he taught International Relations, American Government, and American Foreign Policy. He subsequently served as an Assistant Defense Attaché in Mexico City in the early 90s; as a Troop Commander of a Special Operations unit; and spent two years as a Senior Country Director in the office of Interamerican Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for crafting defense policy matters for Mexico.

An American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship led to his tenure as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs for Senator Bob Graham, following which he spent time as a Congressional Liaison Officer in the Army’s Office of Legislative Liaison, serving as the Chief of the Plans & Operations Branch of the Programs Division.

He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona; his M.A. in International Relations & International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University; and his Ph.D. in International Relations from SAIS/Hopkins. He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command & Staff College and earned the Master Parachutist Badge, the Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

His research interests focus on U.S. national security strategy and defense policy, as well as security and defense issues related to the Western Hemisphere. He is the author of A Tale of Two Eagles: U.S.-Mexico Defense Relations Post-Cold War, Rowman & Littlefield Press. His other recent publications include: Latin America: Challenges for U.S. Policymakers, National Defense University Press; and “La Relación Bilateral EE.UU. – México: Una Evaluación del Efecto Trump,” in Seguridad y Asuntos Internacionales, Siglo XXI Editores.