Matthew G. Towner, Ph.D.

Professor National Security Affairs
Matthew G. Towner faculty photo


Professor Matthew Towner is the Central Intelligence Agency's faculty representative to the U.S. Naval War College and George H. W. Bush Chair for National Intelligence. He teaches policy analysis and security strategies in the National Security Affairs Department, as well as classified electives on intelligence. Over a 21 year career, he has served as a senior analyst in CIA's Directorate of Analysis, as well as a foreign service officer in the Department of State, bringing deep expertise on China and East Asia. He is a native of Arlington, Virginia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • Intel
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights


George H. W. Bush Chair for National Intelligence


Ph.D., University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, 1997, International Affairs (with distinction)

M.A., George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1989, International Affairs

B.A., College of William and Mary, 1987, Government

News, Media, & Events

The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative 2020: Newport Arctic Seminar

Jan. 22, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The Evolution of China's Great Power Competition

Dec. 13, 2019
The National Interest
Article Publication

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