Roy Godson


Professor Emeritus


Department of Government
General profile


Dr. Roy Godson is Professor of Government Emeritus at Georgetown University. From 1993-2015, he also served as President of the educational, nonprofit National Strategy Information Center. Dr. Godson has been a consultant to the US National Security Council, and related US government programs and agencies, as well as to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and foreign governments and civil society institutions. He has also led research teams which have innovated new academic subjects at Georgetown and other universities, and for civilian and government education and training programs in the US and abroad.

He is currently researching strategic opportunities to further US ideals and interests and to develop political and cultural capabilities to mitigate and manage anticipated global challenges. He seeks to enhance the capacity of US and foreign leaders and civil society to foster pluralism and meliorate crime, corruption, and extremism. Dr. Godson is now working with security and education officials, mass media, business, and religious leaders in the Americas, the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa to develop, test, and adapt innovative techniques to address these issues.

Dr. Godson has authored and edited over 30 books and monographs, as well as curricula for US and foreign governments and universities. His most recent publications include: Towards Democratic Transitions: The Case of North Africa (2013); Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda (2011); Armed Groups and Irregular Warfare: Adapting Professional Military Education (2009); Democratic Security for the Americas: Intelligence Requirements (2008); Menace to Society: Political Criminal Collaboration Around the World (2003); Strategic Denial and Deception: The Twenty-First Century Challenge (2001); Dirty Tricks and Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence (2001); Organized Crime and Democratic Governability: Mexico and the U.S. – Mexican Borderlands (2000); and, Security Studies for the 21st Century (1998).


  • Ph.D. (1972) Colombia University, International Politics and Security
  • M.A. (1967) Colombia University,


  • French (speak)