Spencer D. Bakich

Fast Facts

  • Director of the National Security Program, Virginia Military Institute
  • Recipient, 2023 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Expertise on wartime diplomacy and strategy, coercive diplomacy, American grand strategy

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • War and Terrorism
  • Governance
  • The Presidency

Spencer D. Bakich is a professor of international studies and the director of the National Security Program at the Virginia Military Institute. He is the co-editor of The Sources of Great Power Competition: Rising Powers, Grand Strategy, and System Dynamics (Routledge, 2024) and the author of The Gulf War: George H. W. Bush and American Grand Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era (Kansas, 2024) and Success and Failure in Limited War: Information and Strategy in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq Wars (Chicago, 2014), as well as articles, book chapters, and essays on wartime diplomacy and strategy, coercive diplomacy, American grand strategy, and cybersecurity. His commentary has been featured in The National Interest, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Strategy Bridge

Bakich earned a BA in international affairs and economics from James Madison University (magna cum laude) and an MA and PhD in politics at the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of a 2023 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Spencer D. Bakich News Feed

The presidential election is poised to shape how the U.S. responds to significant global conflicts — from China to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have touted their own records and highlighted their stark differences.
Spencer Bakich Scripps News
On this episode of Scripps News Reports: Dealing with threats to America and the source of major flashpoints around the world, from Israel's conflict in Gaza to Russian aggression in Ukraine to the rise of China.
Spencer Bakich Scripps News
In this live webinar discussion convened by UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, experts in history, political science, economics, law, and diplomacy from across the University of Virginia join veteran government practitioners to discuss the array of world crises now challenging American policymakers.
Aynne Kokas, Eric Edelman, Harry Harding, John Owen, Mara Rudman, Phil Potter, Spencer Bakich, Stephen Mull, Syaru Shirley Lin, William Antholis Miller Center Presents
Spencer Bakich of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia points out that Biden is not a "crusader for democracy" like, for example, George W. Bush was. Instead of trying to "spread" democracy to new countries, Biden is trying to maintain relations with already existing democratic states.
Spencer Bakich Helsingin Sanomat
The Speakers & Issues Series at Midwestern State University presented international studies expert and military strategist Spencer D. Bakich. Bakich talked at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas at 7 p.m. on March 21. His topic was “Counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan: Strategy and History.”
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Senior Fellow Spencer Bakich is interviewed about President Biden's visit to Ukraine.
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