Assistant Department Chair

Bernie Kaussler received his BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Sussex in Britain and earned a Master in Middle East Politics and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, analyzing EU human rights diplomacy towards Iran. Dr Kaussler’s research interests are Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, International Security, US Foreign Policy and Middle East Security and Politics (with a focus on Iran).

His work has been published in International Studies Perspectives, Orient, Informal Logic, British Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesIranian StudiesWhite House StudiesDiplomacy & StatecraftJournal for Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, The World TodayThe National InterestForeign Policy in Focus and Jane’s Intelligence Review.

His book on multilateral negotiations with Iran has been published as part of Routledge’s New Diplomacy Studies Series: Iran’s Nuclear Diplomacy: Power Politics and Conflict Resolution (Routledge, 2014).His latest book was published by Routledge in 2017 and is on the impact of US foreign policy on Middle East security:  US Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: The Realpolitik of Deceit 

Dr. Kaussler has extensive media experience and is available for interviews on U.S. foreign policy and current affairs in the Middle East.

Dr. Kaussler's teaching areas include: US Foreign Policy, International Security, Middle East security, Global Politics, US - Middle East relations and Hacking for Diplomacy. (Courses offered: POSC 370, POSC 200, POSC 430, POSC 363 and INTA 489)

He speaks with a distinct European accent and is a connoisseur of the Middle Eastern cuisine.

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