Marc A. Genest, Ph.D.

Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Marc A Genest faculty photo


Professor Marc A. Genest is the Forrest Sherman Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Strategy and Policy Department and the area study coordinator for the insurgency and terrorism electives program. From 2008-16, he served as the founding co-director of NWC’s Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG). In 2011, Professor Genest was a special advisor in Regional Command –South, Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he assessed the division’s counterinsurgency strategy. In 2009, he received the commander’s award for outstanding service as a special advisor to Commander, Task Force Mountain Warrior while stationed in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Cold War
  • Counterterrorism
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Terrorism


Ph.D., Georgetown University, International Politics

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Research Contributions and Publications

Stand! Contending Issues in World Politics

From Quills to Tweets: How America Communicates about War and Revolution
Co-edited book
Georgetown 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

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