Dr. Spencer Meredith



  • Ph.D., Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Political Science, Villanova University
  • B.A., Religion, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

  • National Security Strategy in Great Power Competition
  • Hybrid Warfare and Special Operations
  • Russian/Eastern European and Middle Eastern Politics
  • Democratization and Governance

Dr. Spencer B. Meredith III serves as an Professor of National Security Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU) / College of International Security Affairs (CISA) / Joint Special Operations Master of Arts (JSOMA) program. With two decades of research and support to governance and conflict mitigation, his principal areas of expertise include Russian, Eastern European, Eurasian, and Middle Eastern politics, and how those regions factor into emerging Great Power Competition. Dr. Meredith also works closely with the Special Operations community, assisting with education and capabilities assessments, as part of broader goals to address adversary hybrid warfare activities. He is a Subject Matter Expert for several Geographic Combatant Command, Intelligence Community, and Joint Special Operations efforts. He has briefed at the National Security Council and presented at multiple USG and NATO senior leader events. He co-leads several Joint Staff Strategic Multilayer Assessments, including the “SOF Paradigm in Great Power Competition” project, the subject of his forthcoming book.

With a doctorate in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to the Republic of Georgia, Dr. Meredith has a broad record of scholarship. His first book, Nuclear Energy Safety and International Cooperation: Closing the World’s Most Dangerous Reactors (2014) resulted from work with key US Interagency and partner nations in Eastern Europe. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals ranging from Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Central European Political Science Review, to Special Operations Journal; as well as in professional publications including Strategy Bridge, Small Wars Journal, Inter-Agency Journal, Special Warfare, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is a regular contributor to Joint Staff White Papers on the contemporary and emerging security environment, as well as a frequent advisor for Special Operations commands and subordinate units at Fort Liberty.