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Sharyl Cross

Global Fellow


September 1, 2013 — December 31, 2023

Professional affiliation

Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center, St. Edward's University
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Full Biography

Sharyl Cross, PhD, was appointed director of the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University and Global Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in 2013.  Dr. Cross was Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany from 2005-2013 where she was Director of Academics for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar, and previously had been appointed Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a resident fellowship scholar and consultant at the RAND Corporation completing programs in Russian area and policy studies. Dr. Cross was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Professor in Moscow serving on the faculty of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGIMO) and the Institute of USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. She has published widely in leading academic and policy sources on US/NATO-Russia security Issues, Russian foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, Southeast European security and security sector reform, religious dimensions of security, and sources of violent extremism and terrorism.  Dr. Cross has briefed/consulted for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and among senior policy and defense institutions throughout Europe and Eurasia.

She is currently co-directing a project on Religion and International Security together with faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and with support of the Public Diplomacy Engagement section of NATO.  Her most recent book is China, Russia, and Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics, co-authored with Dr. Paul Bolt, Oxford University Press, 2018.  

Major Publications

•   China, Russia, and Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics, Oxford University Press, 2018

•   Shaping South East Europe’s Security Community:  Trust, Partnership Integration, Sharyl Cross,  Savo Kentera, R. Craig Nation, and Radovan Vukadinovic eds.,  Palgrave-Macmillan, New Security Challenges Series, 2013,

•   “Russia’s Challenge to the Liberal World Order,” three- part essay article prepared for the annual conference of the Pacific Council on International Policy, published online at the Pacific Council on International Policy Newsroom, October 13, 2017,

•   “China-Russia: US Leadership in Global Geopolitics – ,” XX The Rebalance Insight Series, The Diplomat, December 2016,

•   “Will NATO-Russia Tensions Rise after Montenegro Invitation?” analysis published by Center forGlobal Interests CGI, Washington DC, December 3, 2015,

•   “NATO – Russia Security Challenges in the Aftermath of Ukraine Conflict:  Managing Black Sea Security and Beyond,” for special issue on “Black Sea After the Ukrainian Crisis,” Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, #2, 2015,

Previous Terms

Short-Term Grant, "NATO and Russia After Kosovo", Jun 2001 Short-Term Grant, "Russian-American Cooperation in the War on Terrorism", Nov 2003 Short-Term Grant, "Russia and the War on Terror: US-Russia Cooperation in Counterterrorism", April 2004 - Dec 2004 Short-Terms Scholar, "Russian and American Approaches to Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism/Building a Cooperative Action Agenda", Nov 2006 - Dec 2006