Simon Serfaty

Simon Serfaty
  • Simon Serfaty is the first holder of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy at CSIS. He was the director of the CSIS Europe Program for more than 10 years and remains a senior adviser to the program. Dr. Serfaty is also a senior professor of U.S. foreign policy with the Graduate Programs in International Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1972 to 1993, he was a research professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., serving as director of the Johns Hopkins Center of European Studies in Bologna, Italy (1972–1976), director of the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research (1978–1980), and executive director of the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute (1984–1991).

    Dr. Serfaty is the author of many books, including Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War (2007), The Vital Partnership: Power and Order (2005), La tentation impériale (2004), Memories of Europe’s Future: Farewell to Yesteryear (1999), Stay the Course: European Unity and Atlantic Solidarity (1997), and Taking Europe Seriously (1992). Books edited by Dr. Serfaty include A Recast Partnership? Institutional Dimensions of Transatlantic Relations (2008), Visions of the Atlantic Alliance (2005), Visions of America and Europe (2004), The European Finality Debate and its National Dimensions (2003), and The Media and Foreign Policy (1990). Dr. Serfaty’s articles have appeared in most leading professional journals in the United States and Europe, and he has been a guest lecturer in over 40 different countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has been a frequent expert witness for the U.S. Congress and an occasional witness for other national legislatures in Europe. A naturalized U.S. citizen since 1965, Dr. Serfaty holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University. In May 2001, Old Dominion University designated him as eminent scholar of the university. Dr. Serfaty was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the French Legion of Honor) in July 2008.