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Department of Political Science

Dale Herspring

Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., Georgetown University
A.B., Stanford University

      Dr. Dale Herspring is an Emeritus University Distinguished Professor in the Political Science Department at Kansas State University. Dr. Herspring has published more than 100 articles and books including Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power (2008), The Kremlin and the High Command: Presidential Impact on the Russian Military from Gorbachev to Putin (2006), The Pentagon and Presidential Authority, Civil-Military Relations from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush (2005), Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain (2004), Soldiers, Commissars and Chaplains, From Cromwell to the Present (2001), Requiem for an Army: The Demise of the East German Military (1998), Requiem für eine Armee; Das Ende der Nationalen Volksarmee der DDR (2000), Russian Civil-Military Relations; Past and Present (1996), The Soviet High Command; 1964-1989; Politics and Personalities (1990), The Soviet Union and Strategic Arms (1984), Civil-Military Relations in Communist Systems (1978), and East German Civil-Military Relations: The Impact of Technology (1973).

      Dr. Herspring has also had numerous articles published in many different journals which include European Security, Problems of Post-Communism, Communism and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiya, Armed Forces and Society, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Minerva, Wojsko i Wychowanie, Russia and Eurasia Armed Forces Review Annual, Studies in Comparative Communism, Orbis, Survival, Adelphi Papers, Slavic Review, Comparative Strategy, Soviet Foreign Policy, and Armed Forces and Society.

      Dr. Herspring has created and organized the Political, Military and Diplomatic Lecture Series. To this point, he has brought over 190 senior academics, retired military and diplomatic officials, and foreign officials to KSU to provide graduate students with an opportunity to meet and discuss problems of international relations with experts. He currently sits on numerous MA committees and Ph.D. committees.

      Dr. Herspring taught European Politics, Russian Politics, Comparative Civil-Military Relations and a course entitled, "The Professional Diplomat.