Andrew A. Michta is the M. W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College. In 2005-2009 he was Professor of National Security Studies and Director of Studies of the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. (1987).Professor Michta is the author of several books on NATO, European politics, security and transatlantic relations. He has contributed articles and book chapters on NATO enlargement, U.S. national security policy, European security, post-communist transition, and civil-military relations. He has lectured at universities in the U.S. and Europe, and is a frequent consultant to the U.S. government and the media. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.


NATO, American Foreign and Security Policy, Europe, Central Europe, Civil-Military Relations, International Relations

Project Summary

I'm writing a book on transatlantic security relations in the next decade. As NATO faces a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan while Europe divides over the impact of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the alliance needs to reexamine the fundamentals of its mission. My goal is to answer two questions: (1) to what extent can NATO as a "legacy institution" be restructured to meet the divergent security interests of its members; and more specifically, (2) how can we reconcile Europe's regional security optics with U.S. global priorities? I argue that how these two questions are answered in the coming years will determine whether NATO remains the preferred framework for transatlantic security cooperation, or if it will become marginalized.

Major Publications

  • The Limits of Alliance: The United States, NATO and the EU in North and Central Europe
  • America's New Allies: Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in NATO
  • The Soldier-Citizen: The Politics of the Polish Army after Communism
  • The Government and Politics of Postcommunist Europe
  • East Central Europe After the Warsaw Pact: Security Dilemmas in the 1990s
  • "NATO Enlargement post-1989: Successful Adaptation or Decline?" Contemporary European History, Cambridge University Press; UK, 18: 3 (2009), pp. 363–376
  • "Future Forces: Double or Nothing" The National Interest (January/February, 2008)
  • "What Next for NATO," Orbis (Winter 2007)
  • "Transatlantic Troubles: Are they America's loss?" The National Interest (November/December 2006)

Previous Terms

Oct 1, 2000 - Jan 1, 2001: Central Europe in the Trans-Atlantic Security System