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Sean Kay

About Sean Kay

Dr. Sean Kay is the Robson Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy.  He is also the Director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the International Studies Program.  Sean Kay is a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. specializing in international security.

Sean Kay has held positions as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (U.S. Department of Defense), instructor in the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst;  worked on the International Secretariat of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels and been a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Relations, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Visiting Research Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  In the U.S. Department of Defense, Sean Kay worked on policy and analysis dealing with NATO enlargement, the Balkans, NATO’s internal transformation, and U.S.-Russia relations.  He was also an advisor to the Department of State on NATO enlargement.  He received his Ph.D., dissertation with honors, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in international relations.  He has been a post-graduate student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS);  and holds an M.A. degree in International/Strategic Studies from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium;  and M.A./B.A. degrees from Kent State University

Publications include the books Celtic Revival?  The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011), Global Security in the 21st Century:  The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006 and 2010), Limiting Institutions:  Security Governance in Eurasia (Manchester University Press, 2003);  NATO after 50 Years (Scholarly Resources, 2001) and  NATO and the Future of European Security (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998).  Sean Kay is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-review journal articles focusing on international relations including the journals Current History, International Politics, European Security, Mediterranean Quarterly, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism.  He has written op-ed pieces for Foreign,, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Washington Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal,, The Washington Note,  Huffington Post, and Defense News, is the author of several U.S. government studies, and has spoken at numerous scholarly, think-tank and government/international conferences.  He has been interviewed by and quoted in major media outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, The Christian Science Monitor, Defense News, Stars and Stripes, The Commercial Appeal, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, Japan Today, Scripps-Howard, Gulf Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Harpers, The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, Reuters, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, Fortune, Bloomberg/Businessweek, Esquire, Politico,  The New York Times, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”, Ohio News Network, WOSU Public Radio, local network affiliates and national networks and websites.

Sean Kay is a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and other professional organizations and is a member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Security Policy.  He has been featured in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and in 2005 was awarded the Bishop Francis Kearns award for outstanding teaching at Ohio Wesleyan University and was the first recipient of the rotating Libuse L. Reed Endowed Professorship.

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