Michael T. Corgan

Associate Professor of International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies

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BS, US Naval Academy
MPA, University of Washington
PhD, Boston University

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Affiliated with Boston University since 1985, Michael T. Corgan has also served as Chairman of the Department of Naval Science and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History. He specializes in American government institutions, international security studies, and Icelandic government and politics. He has participated in extensive government service in political and… Read more

Affiliated with Boston University since 1985, Michael T. Corgan has also served as Chairman of the Department of Naval Science and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History. He specializes in American government institutions, international security studies, and Icelandic government and politics. He has participated in extensive government service in political and military planning (especially NATO). He also is a regularly appearing media analyst on security and political affairs for many Icelandic and Boston media outlets. In his naval career, he was a Surface Warfare Officer with two combat tours, an instructor at the US Naval Academy, the Dean of Academics for the Vietnamese Naval Academy of Nha Trang, a Professor of Strategy and of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, Political Advisor to the Commander of the Iceland Defense Force, and head of the NROTC Unit at Boston University.

Corgan’s Iceland and Its Alliances: Security for a Small State (2002) was used as a briefing guide for officers at the NATO headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. He taught at the University of Iceland in 2001 on a Fulbright fellowship and was invited to return in 2006 and is now adjunct faculty there. He is a Founding Partner of the Centre for Small State Studies at the university. His writings on Nordic security have also been published in Swedish and Icelandic. He is also associated faculty at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland) and a member of the Arctic Studies Thematic Network.

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  • Professor Michael Corgan is speaker at conference in Iceland

    July 3, 2014

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  • Putin Threat to Retaliate for Sanctions Carries Risks

    April 30, 2014

    Bloomberg Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences President Vladimir Putin’s threats to retaliate for further sanctions on Russia set the stage for escalating economic warfare that may have painful effects for U.S. and European companies… View full article quoting expert Michael Corgan

  • Professor: GE needs to look to high-tech in face of possible force cuts

    March 19, 2014

    The Daily Item Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences General Electric and other defense firms can weather plans to strip down the U.S. Army’s size if they look over the horizon to a new age in military planning dominated by high technology… Expert quote: “The last place we’re going to cut back is high […]

  • John Kerry’s legacy on the line

    March 3, 2014

    Boston Herald Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences Russia’s brash Ukrainian incursion has put U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry squarely on the hot seat, and experts predict his response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions, starting with a trip to Kiev tomorrow, gives him a chance to repair shaken confidence in America’s […]

  • Navy Investigator Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

    December 17, 2013

    Associated Press Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences A senior U.S. Navy criminal investigator pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges stemming from a multimillion-dollar fraud probe targeting an Asian defense contractor… Expert quote: “This isn’t only bad news for Leonard Glenn Francis, but I suspect there are a number of yet unnamed Navy people […]

  • Navy scandal spans globe, climbs ranks

    November 8, 2013

    U-T San Diego Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences Tucked on the northwest corner of the island of Borneo, the port at Sepanggar Bay isn’t very big and by Asian standards isn’t very well known… Expert quote: “Tailhook was about bad behavior and rampant sexism. This is criminal behavior. This is worse than Tailhook.” […]

  • Legendary Vietnamese General Dead at 102

    October 5, 2013

    Voice of America Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences The Vietnamese general who forced the French and later the Americans out of Vietnam, has died at the age of 102… Expert quote: “War is all about politics, both Lenin and Giap understood that, that’s what it is all about. And if you can win […]

  • For Putin, Syria weapons deal would be masterstroke

    September 10, 2013

    USA Today Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences It looks, at least for the moment, like Russian President Vladimir Putin had something useful to contribute to dealing with the Syrian crisis after all… Expert quote: “If it comes to pass, he then becomes a necessary player in Middle East politics – which is something […]

  • US Presidents Often Use Constitutional Power to Intervene Overseas

    August 26, 2013

    Voice of America Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences As U.S. President Barack Obama weighs whether to attack Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels last week, he must consider significant legal factors… Expert quote: “He can do what he can get away with. If he does something fast and quick, […]

  • BU professor: US has to do something in response to Syria

    August 26, 2013

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