Dr. Ilan I. Berman


Defense and Strategic Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Defense and Strategic Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Currently the Senior Vice President for the American Foreign Policy Council, Illan Berman focuses his areas of expertise in the Middle East security issues, Central Asian political dynamics, and Russian foreign and military policy. A regular columnist for Forbes, he publishes monthly “Present Dangers” pieces about the ongoing security and defense issues faced today. For DSS, he teaches on topics related to international law, regional security problems in the Middle East and Central Asia, and the introductory international affairs survey course for the program.



  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law, 2000
  • MA, American University, School of International Service, 2000
  • BA, Brandeis University, 1997


  • DSS 702 Seminar on Regional Security Problems
  • DSS 630 International Law and Global Security

Professional experience

American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), 2002-Present

Research and professional interests

  • Iran
  • Middle East security issues
  • International terrorism
  • Proliferation and counterproliferation
  • Transnational threats
  • Central Asian political dynamics
  • Russian foreign and military policy
  • International law; national/homeland security planning


Forbes.com, Columnist, 2010-Present 

The Journal of International Security Affairs, Editor, 2004-Present

  • Editorials: in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asian Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, and Defense News
  • Articles: The National Interest, Middle East Quarterly, The Washington Quarterly, The American Spectator, Jane’s Defense Weekly, Strategic  Review, Turkish Policy Quarterly and The Journal of International Security Affairs
  • Books: Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, September 2005); Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) (co-edited); Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) (edited); Winning  the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)