HARRISONBURG — Dr. Nikolas K. Gvosdev, editor of the foreign policy journal "The National Interest" and author of several books and many articles on foreign policy issues and developments in the Middle East, will speak at James Madison University Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Gvosdev will present "Ferment in the Middle East and the Future of Political Islam" at 7 p.m. in Room 2301, Health and Human Services Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gvosdev is the co-author of "The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam," a book published in 2004 with Ray Takeyh. Gvosdev is senior fellow in strategic studies at the Nixon Center, a nonpartisan organization with the specific goal to explore ways of enhancing American security and prosperity while taking into account the legitimate perspectives of other nations.

Gvosdev frequently appears on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, CNBC and BBC and is regularly quoted in major newspapers, including the "Los Angeles Times," "Washington Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "Boston Globe" and "Wall Street Journal."

In addition to his expertise in foreign policy and the Middle East, Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs and questions of democracy, religion and culture.

He earned a doctorate in modern European history from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Gvosdev's JMU appearance is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters' Visiting Scholars Program and the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

"We're very fortunate to have him as a visiting scholar and look forward to hearing what he has to say, especially in light of recent events like the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections and the referral to the United Nations Security Council of the Iranian nuclear program," said Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute at JMU.