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John R. Deni, PhD

International Security Scholar, Leader, Educator, and Author

Latest Publications

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Why does the United States need European allies, and why is it getting more difficult for those allies to partner with Washington in standing up to China, pushing back against Russia, and pursuing other common interests around the world? This book addresses the economic, demographic, political, and military trends that are fundamentally upending the ability and willingness of European allies to work with Washington.

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NATO defense ministers will gather this week for a ministerial meeting, but one topic of discussion will be anything but routine: the risk that Putin might use nuclear weapons in Europe. Although Russian use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against non-nuclear Ukraine seems unlikely for several reasons, there are response options that would punish Moscow and safeguard alliance interests without necessarily propelling the West up a nuclear escalation ladder.

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This multi-author monograph examines the risks posed by Chinese investment in Europe. Beijing's predatory economic statecraft builds China's soft power, weakens allied geopolitical solidarity, & places both militarily relevant infrastructure and dual-use technology at risk. Is Europe prepared & able to parry Beijing’s efforts? In support of EUCOM & DHS, this study offers actionable policy recommendations for decision-makers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Professional Bio

Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University's School of International Service.

He builds, leads, and manages collaborative multinational project teams, solves problems for customers and stakeholders, and advises senior civilian and military leaders.


His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Defense News, Newsweek, the Baltimore Sun, War on the Rocks, and a variety of peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of three books on European and American security and the editor or co-editor of six more.