Michael Desch

Michael Desch

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Professor of Political Science,
Co-Director, Notre Dame International Security Center

Office: 407 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-2792
Email: mdesch@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

American foreign policy, international relations, international security

Desch is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policies. His current research focuses on how to bridge the gap between academic research and policymaking. He is the co-author most recently of “Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board” with K. Michael Absher and Roman Popadiuk, and also “Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism,” “When the Third World Matters: Latin America and U.S. Grand Strategy” and “Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment.” Prior to his academic appointments, Desch has served on the staff of a U.S. senator, as an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of State and as a national defense analyst at the Congressional research Service.

VIDEOS

Notre Dame Professor on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

America and the World: Challenges and Opportunities

International Security Studies: What the Eggheads Can Teach the Generals

Desch offers an expert opinion on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and implications for the United States.

Barack Obama and Foreign Policy

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