Michael Desch

FOREIGN POLICY SCHOLAR & DIRECTOR, NOTRE DAME INTERNATIONAL SECURITY CENTER
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 TriumphalismWhen the Third World Matters: Latin America and U.S. Grand Strategy, and Civilian Control of theMilitary: 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.