Geoffrey Kemp

Energy Security, Middle East, Nuclear Security

Geoffrey Kemp is Senior Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest. He served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. Dr. Kemp received his Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University.

Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he was Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project.  In the 1970s he worked in the Defense Department in the Policy Planning and Program Analysis and Evaluation Offices and made major contributions to studies on U.S. security policy and options for South West Asia.

From 1970 to 1980, he was a tenured member of the faculty of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  He frequently comments and writes on US foreign policy in the US, European, Middle East, and East Asian media.

He is the author or co-author of many books and monographs on regional security, including War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences (2013); Iran and Iraq: The Shia Connection, Soft Power, and the Nuclear Factor (2005); U.S. and Iran, The Nuclear Dilemma: Next Steps (2004); Iran’s Bomb: American and Iranian Perspectives (2004); America and Iran: Road Maps and Realism (1998); Energy Superbowl: Strategic Politics and the Persian Gulf and Caspian Basin (1997); and Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace (1997); Strategic Geography and the Changing Middle East (1997).