Dr. Matthew Rhodes

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Dr. Matthew Rhodes

Dr. Matthew Rhodes

National Security Studies

Dr. Matthew Rhodes is a professor of national security studies and area studies chair at the Marshall Center.  His principle interests include U.S. foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, and Central and Southeast European security issues.

Dr. Rhodes previously served as assistant professor of strategy and international security at the U.S. Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama from 1999-2003; assistant professor in the department of political science at Central College, Pella, Iowa from 1998-1999; and Jan Hus Foundation Academic Mentor in the department of politics and European studies at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic from 1997-1998.

Dr. Rhodes holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and a bachelor of arts degree in government and German from Lawrence University in 1990.


“Whither ‘Partners in Leadership’?” in German Politics and Society, (Vol. 36, Iss. 3): 23-40. Berghahn Journals, September 01, 2018.

“Democracy and Armed Forces in Europe and Eurasia,” in Military Engagement: Armed Forces and Democratic Transition, (Brookings, 2013).

“U.S. Perspectives on NATO,” in Understanding NATO in the 21st Century, (Routledge, 2013).

“NATO's New Strategic Concept: Context and Significance,” in New Serbia, New NATO: Vision for the Future, (Transconflict, 2011).

“United States: Leadership Beyond Unipolarity?” in Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century: Competing Visions of World Order, ed. Graeme Herd (Routledge, 2010).

Kosovo: America's 'NATO State' in the Balkans,” in Cutting or Tightening the Gordian Knot? The Future of Kosovo and the Peace Process in the Western Balkans after the Decision on Independence (Study Group on Regional Stability in Southeast Europe of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, (Sept. 2008): 124-134, http://www.bundesheer.at/pdf_pool/publikationen/10_pfp16_10.pdf.

“A Crisis of Democracy in Southeast Europe,” in Approaching or Avoiding Cooperative Security - The Western Balkans in the Aftermath of the Kosovo Settlement Proposal and the Riga Summit, (Study Group on Regional Stability in Southeast Europe of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, September, 2007), https://www.bundesheer.at/pdf_pool/publikationen/10_wg13_aacs_100.pdf.

“National Strategy and Security Sector Reform in Southeast Europe,” in Security Sector Reform in South East Europe - from a Necessary Remedy to a Global Concept, (Study Group on Regional Stability in Southeast Europe of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, January 2007), http://www.bundesheer.at/pdf_pool/publikationen/10_wg13_global-concept_70_rhodes.pdf.

“The U.S. Role in Southeast Europe: In and After the Peace Plans,” in International Peace Plans for the Balkans - A Success? (Study Group on Regional Stability in Southeast Europe of the Partnership for Peace Consortium, September 2006), http://www.bundesheer.at/pdf_pool/publikationen/10_wg_intpeaceplan_90.pdf.

“Iran's Nuclear Program: U.S. Options after the Elections,” Connections (Summer 2005): 93-98, http://connections-qj.org/article/irans-nuclear-program-us-options-after-elections.

“U.S. Power after Iraq,” in Jörg Callais, ed. Die USA als Weltmacht, (Loccumer Protokol 21/04): 43-48.

“Central Europe and Iraq: Balance, Bandwagon, or Bridge?” Orbis, (Summer 2004), https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S003043870400047X.

“Visegrad Turns Ten,” Carl Beck Paper in Russian and East European Studies, No.1701, (Mar. 2003).

“Whose Trojan Horses?” Marshall Center Perspectives, (Summer 2002), and International Journal, (Autumn 2002): 631-637.

“Slovakia After Meciar: A Midterm Report,” Problems of Post-Communism, (July/Aug. 2001): 3-13.

Entries on Commonwealth of Independent States, Vladimir Meciar and Lech Walesa. In The Encyclopedia of Nationalism, Alexander Motyl (ed.). (Columbia, 2000): 89, 330-331 and 576.

“Czech Malaise and Europe,” Problems of Post-Communism (Mar. /Apr. 2000): 57-66.

“Post-Visegrad Cooperation in East Central Europe,” East European Quarterly (Mar. 1999): 51-67, https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-54297062/post-visegrad-cooperation-in-east-central-europe.

Website Content

“Obama and the New 'New Europe,” Marshall Center Occasional Paper, last modified November, 2012. 

with Valbona Zeneli, “A Make or Break Year for Serbia and Kosovo?,” Marshall Center Security Insights, last modified May 2012. 

with Dragan Lozancic, “A Balanced View of the Balkans,” Per Concordiam, last modified July 2010.

with Dorinel Moldovan and Plamen Pantev, “Joint Task Force East and Shared Military Basing in Romania and Bulgaria,” Marshall Center Occasional Paper, last modified August 2009.

Book Review

J. F. Brown. The Grooves of Change: Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Millennium. In Current History, (Nov. 2001), p. 395.

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