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Email: RussellBurgos.UCLA@gmail.comPersonal WebsiteKeywords: Middle East, Near East, Politics, Political Violence, Globalization, History, Governance
Dr. Russell A. Burgos teaches in UCLA’s Global Studies and Middle East and North African Studies programs. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA's Political Science Department and has a master's degree in National Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.
In conjunction with UCLA's Center for Middle East Development, he directed the Middle East Military-Security Program at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation (IGCC) for five years, facilitating dialog between senior military officers from the Near and Middle East. In that role, he developed close working relationships with senior military leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Yemen, as well as from European and NATO allies including Britain, France, Hungary, Italy, and Turkey.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Professor Burgos spent 18 years in the United States Army, in both active duty and reserve component assignments. In Iraq, he was responsible for overseeing communications, current intelligence, and civil-military operations for a combat aviation battalion.
Professor Burgos has published in scholarly journals, edited volumes, research encyclopedias, and in major newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. He has provided expert commentary on regional security matters for local and national television and radio news, for Voice of America, and for television and film productions. He appeared most recently on the DVD/Blu-Ray edition of The Devil's Double, a fictionalized account of the life of Uday Hussein (Corsan/Lionsgate 2011), discussing the history and politics of the actual Saddam Hussein regime.
Professor Burgos blogs on globalization, foreign affairs, and politics at Kaffeeklatsch of Civilizations (www.russellburgos.com), and his forthcoming book, From the Potomac to the Tigris: The United States and Iraq from Wilson to Obama, analyzes the historical evolution of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship.
He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California and UCLA. He is an External Research Associate for the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and is a member of the American Political Science and International Studies Associations and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.