Marc Genest, Ph.D.

Marc Genest, Ph.D.

Area Study Coordinator for the Insurgency and Terrorism electives program
Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-2552


Dr. Marc A. Genest is the Forrest Sherman Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Strategy and Policy Department and is Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the Naval War College. He is also the Area Study Coordinator for the Insurgency and Terrorism electives program.

In 2011, Professor Genest served as a civilian advisor at Division Headquarters for Regional Command – South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he assessed the division’s information operations campaign. In 2009, Dr. Genest received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for outstanding service as a Special Advisor to the Commander of Task Force Mountain Warrior while stationed in Regional Command – East in Afghanistan.

Dr. Genest earned his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in International Politics. Before coming to the Naval War College, Professor Genest taught at Georgetown University, the U.S. Air War College, and the University of Rhode Island. While at the University of Rhode Island, Professor Genest received the University’s Teaching Excellence Award. He also serves as a political commentator for local, national, and international radio news and television stations, as well as for Rhode Island and national print media. In addition, Dr Genest worked on Capitol Hill for Senator John Chafee and Representative Claudine Schneider.

Dr. Genest has received fellowships and grants from numerous organizations, including the United States Institute of Peace, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation. Professor Genest’s books include: Negotiating in the Public Eye: The Impact of the Press on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Negotiations; Conflict and Cooperation; Evolving Theories of International Relations; and Stand! Contending Issues in World Politics. He has also written articles dealing with international relations theory, strategic communication, American foreign policy and public opinion

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