Mark N. Katz

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Professor Emeritus of Government and Politics

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Mason Square, Van Metre Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Mark N. Katz is a professor emeritus of government and politics at George Mason University. He is the author of The Third World in Soviet Military Thought (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982), Russia and Arabia: Soviet Foreign Policy toward the Arabian Peninsula (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), Gorbachev's Military Policy in the Third World (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1989), Revolutions and Revolutionary Waves (St. Martin's Press, 1997), Reflections on Revolutions (St. Martin's Press, 1999), and Leaving without Losing: The War on Terror after Iraq and Afghanistan (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

During 2017, Katz was a visiting scholar first at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (January-March) and at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki (April-September). During 2018, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London (January-March) and the Sir William Luce Fellow at Durham University in the U.K. (April-June). In February 2019, he was appointed a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. In April 2024, he became a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center.

Katz earned a BA in international relations from the University of California at Riverside in 1976, a MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1978, and a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982.

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Areas of Research

  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Middle East
  • Security Policy
  • Revolution
  • War on Terror