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.


European Security Seminar EU – NATO Cooperation: Seminar Report,” (with Sebastian von MünchowMarshall Center Security Perspectives, no. 22, (June 2021).

COVID-19 and Southeast Europe,” (with Valbona ZeneliMarshall Center Security Insight, no. 58 (May 2020).

Whither ‘Partners in Leadership?’ ” German Politics and Society, Berghahn Journals 36, no. 3 (September 01, 2018): 23-40.

Transatlantic Relations: Prospects and New Directions,” Marshall Center Perspectives, no. 3 (March 2018).

The Trump Administration and the Balkans, Marshall Center Secrutiy Insight, no. 22 (January 2018).

Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment,” (with Michal Kořan), Marshall Center Security Insight, no. 14 (June 2016). 

Baltic and Central European Security After the Ukraine Crisis,” (with Ruta Buneviciute), Marshall Center Security Insight, no. 11 (April 2015).

Democracy and the Transatlantic Community: The Role of Central Europe,” (with Michal Baranowski), Marshall Center Security Insight, no. 8 (August 2013).

“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).

A Make or Break Year for Serbia and Kosovo?” (with Valbona Zeneli) Marshall Center Security Insights, no. 6 (May 2012). 

Obama and the ‘New Europe,’ ” (with Valbona Zeneli), Marshall Center Occasional Paper, no. 23 (November 2012). 

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

A Balanced View of the Balkans: Despite Successes, Pillars of Progress Seem to Be Boring,” (with Dragan Lozancic), per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 1, no. 2 (July 2010): 27-32.

“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).

Joint Task Force East and Shared Military Basing in Romania and Bulgaria,”(with Dorinel Moldovan and Plamen Pantev), Marshall Center Occasional Paper, no. 21 (September, 2009).

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 (September, 2008), 124-134.

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), 103-108.

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)., 37-42

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), 113-124.

Iran's Nuclear Program: U.S. Options after the Elections,” Connections: The Quarterly Journal 4, no. 12 (Summer 2005): 93-98.

Central Europe and Iraq: Balance, Bandwagon, or Bridge?Orbis (Summer 2004).

Visegrad Turns Ten,” Carl Beck Paper in Russian and East European Studies, no.1701, (March 2003).

Whose Trojan Horses? International Journal (Autumn 2002): 631-637.

Slovakia After Meciar: A Midterm Report,” Problems of Post-Communism 48, no. 4 (July/Aug 2001): 3-13.

With Vladimir Meciar and Lech Walesa, “Commonwealth of Independent States,” Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander Motyl (Columbia, 2000), 89, 330-331, 576.

Czech Malaise and Europe,” Problems of Post-Communism, 47:2 (Mar/Apr, 2000): 57-66.

Post-Visegrad Cooperation in East Central Europe,” East European Quarterly (March 1999): 51-67.

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

Book Review

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

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