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Dr. Sebastian Gorka

Military Affairs Fellow and Director, FDD’s National Security Fellows Program

Areas of Impact:

Europe, Homegrown Terrorism, Al Qaeda

Biography:

Dr. Sebastian Gorka is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, terrorism, and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the United States. He was born in the U.K. to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  A graduate of the University of London and Corvinus University, Budapest, he was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in political science. He is an associate fellow at the Joint Special Operations University (USSOCOM) and an assistant professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, terrorism, and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the United States. He was born in the U.K. to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. A graduate of the University of London and Corvinus University, Budapest, he was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in political science. He is an associate fellow at the Joint Special Operations University (USSOCOM) and an assistant professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

In the past, Sebastian has acted as a consultant to the RAND Corporation's Washington office and was the first director of the Institute for Democracy and International Security. After September 11, 2001, he spent four years as adjunct professor for Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. He has published more than 120 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the U.K., and appears regularly in the international press, including the Financial Times, the BBC, Reuters, the Washington Post, EuroNews and Newsweek. Dr. Gorka advises and briefs at the highest levels to U.S. Special Operations Command, SOUTHCOM and NATO. He is a frequent guest lecturer at institutions such the FBI's International Law Enforcement Academy, USMA West Point and the School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth. Most recently, he advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the latest draft guidance from Secretary Gates on U.S. Strategic Communications.

Sebastian is a founding member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and a member of the Strategic Advisers' Group of the Atlantic Council of the United States.  He is also the Director of FDD’s National Security Fellows Program.

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The Complexity Trap

16th July 2012 – Parameters

The Complexity Trap

Sebastian Gorka

We live in a world of unprecedented complexity, or so we are told. President Obama’s words above echo an increasingly common narrative in the American foreign policy and national security establishments. more...

Analysis & Commentary

21st March 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Sebastian Gorka

Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. more...

21st February 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Sebastian Gorka

Egyptian-Russian ties and the unrest in Ukraine. more...

24th January 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Sebastian Gorka

The situation in Egypt and the rise of militant groups in the Sinai. more...

22nd January 2014 – CBC TV - Egypt

News Update

Sebastian Gorka

Egypt's new constitution, the Muslim Brotherhood, and violence in the Sinai. more...