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Matthew Schmidt, ph.D

Matthew Schmidt is an expert on strategic analysis in foreign affairs, U.S. politics, security, and military matters. He has taught strategic and operational planning at the Army’s Command and General Staff College, consulted on doctored maps of a downed Russian jet with the Senate Arms Services Committee, been a representative to Ukraine’s post-revolution presidential election, and visiting professor of stability operations at the Army War College. Schmidt is also an Associate Professor of National Security and Political Science and Director of the International Affairs Program at the University of New Haven.

An expert on defense and intelligence, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Europe, and U.S. foreign policy in North Korea and elsewhere, he also was part of the core team on the Project on National Security Reform, an initiative sponsored by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, which recommended major reforms to the U.S. intelligence and national security community after 9/11. His work has given him deep insight into the political dynamics of these issues.


Dr. Treistman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the National Security department at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Prior to coming to the University of New Haven, Dr. Treistman was a Research Assistant at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism. He also served as a consultant to the Department of Defense’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) and was a Policy Advisor for the Department of State in Iraq.


Dr. Treistman is the author of When Bad States Win: Rethinking Counterinsurgency Strategy and currently sits on the editorial board for the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. His research interests focus on military policy, international relations, asymmetric war, and terrorism.



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