Marc A. Genest, Ph.D.

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Dr. Marc A. Genest is the Forrest Sherman Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Strategy and Policy Department and is the Area Study Coordinator for the Insurgency and Terrorism electives program. From 2008-16, he served as the Founding Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the Naval War College. In 2011, Professor Genest was a civilian in Regional Command – South in Kandahar, Afghanistan where he assessed the division’s counterinsurgency strategy. In 2009, Genest received the Commander’s Award for outstanding service as a Special Advisor to the Commander of Task Force Mountain Warrior while stationed in Regional Command-East in Afghanistan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • COIN
  • Cold War
  • Counterterrorism
  • Diplomacy
  • Ethics
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • GWOT
  • Information Operations
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Korean War
  • National Security
  • Revolutionary War
  • Terrorism
  • Vietnam War
  • WMD


Ph.D., Georgetown University, International Politics

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Research Contributions and Publications

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

Stand! Contending Issues in World Politics

His latest co-edited book, Communicating War from Quills to Tweets: The Evolution of American Wartime Communication Strategies is under review at Stanford University Press

He has also written articles dealing with international relations theory, strategic communication, American foreign policy and public opinion

Awards and Decorations

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for outstanding service as a Special Adviser to the Commander of Task Force Mountain Warrior while stationed in Regional Command-East in Afghanistan.

Teaching Excellence Award
University of Rhode Island

Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Harry S. Truman Foundation, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Smith-Richardson Foundation

Bradley Foundation

News, Media, & Events


Issues in National Security Lecture 8: “Feral Cities”

Apr. 23, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Pringle Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Two Campuses, One Course: Naval War College Faculty Teach at Brown Too

Apr. 08, 2019
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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