Michael T. Corgan

Associate Professor of International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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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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  • ISIS left reeling after coalition drives group out of de facto capital

    October 18, 2017

    Boston Herald Michael Corgan U.S.-backed forces claim they’ve routed Islamic State fighters from Raqqa, declaring victory after months of fighting in the terrorist group’s de facto Syrian capital, eroding its ability to launch attacks and delivering a major symbolic loss to the so-called caliphate, experts say… View full article

  • Why John Kelly’s military leadership skills may play a critical role in Trump’s success

    August 4, 2017

    CNBC quoting Michael T. Corgan, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “At age 13, President Donald Trump — a troublemaking, attention-seeking young boy — was shipped away to the New York Military Academy by his parents…” Expert quote: “[He] has got to find someone who can work between […]

  • Isolated from Washington establishment, Trump struggles for presidential victories

    June 20, 2017

    Washington Times quoting Michael Corgan, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “President Trump won the White House by running against the establishment and now suffers the consequences of having virtually no support in Washington, abandoned by his party leaders on Capitol Hill and drowning in a torrent of leaks from inside the […]

  • Corgan: Parting shot by prez sets stage for Trump

    January 3, 2017

    Boston Herald By Michael Corgan, Pardee School/Colleges of Arts & Sciences “It looks like President Obama, at long last, got his Russian groove…” View full article

  • Concerns grow of press kept at bay during Donald Trump presidency

    November 12, 2016

    Washington Times Michael Corgan, Pardee School, College of Arts & Sciences President-elect Donald Trump never hid his contempt for the news media during the campaign and has continued to keep the press at bay after winning the election, raising concerns he will end the tradition of allowing a pool of reporters to cover his every […]

  • Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton’s stance on Syria will lead to WWIII

    October 27, 2016

    Boston Herald Michael Corgan, Pardee School Donald Trump sought to raise apocalyptic fears about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy plans, saying her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria would lead the U.S. and Russia into a direct conflict that would spark “World War III”… Expert quote: “If we delineated the area carefully so that it […]

  • From Aleppo to Rwanda, when is a president morally forced to act?

    October 5, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Michael Corgan, Pardee School, College of Arts & Sciences In the wake of a failed cease-fire, Russian and Syrian forces are ramping up their devastating assault on Aleppo… Expert quote: “For almost 100 years after John Quincy Adams we simply don’t have the competency to intervene, and then when we do – […]

  • Five Reasons Why NATO Nations Don’t Always Pay Their Fair Share

    August 1, 2016

    NBCNews.com Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Donald Trump’s suggestion that as president of the United States he wouldn’t defend new NATO nations that haven’t fulfilled their financial obligations to the military alliance may have set off alarm bells internationally — but he isn’t the first politician to make […]

  • U.S. deploys fighter jets to back up allies

    April 4, 2016

    Boston Herald Michael Corgan, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The U.S. military is 
deploying 12 F-15 fighter jets to the Netherlands and Iceland — including war planes and pilots from the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield — to send a message to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin… Expert quote: […]

  • Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

    February 13, 2015

    The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit […]

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