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Dr. Robert H. Dorff

Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Area(s) of Expertise: National Security Strategy and Policy

Phone: (717) 245-4126
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Photo Dr. Robert "Robin" Dorff is Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. He joined KSU as Dean of CHSS in July 2012 from the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where he was Research Professor of National Security Affairs (2007-12) and also held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research since 2009. Dr. Dorff held faculty positions at Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. He has served on the USAWC faculty as a Visiting Professor (1994-96) and as Professor of National Security Policy and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy (1997-2004), where he also held the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair (1999-2002) and served as Department Chair (2001-04). Dr. Dorff has been a Senior Advisor with Creative Associates International, Inc., in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Institute of Political Leadership in Raleigh, NC (2004-06). Dr. Dorff remains extensively involved in strategic leadership development, focusing on national security strategy and policy, and strategy formulation. His research interests include these topics as well as failing and fragile states, interagency processes and policy formulation, stabilization and reconstruction operations, and U.S. grand strategy. He has published and lectured frequently on these topics and has spoken all over the United States and in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Dorff holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Robert H. Dorff

  • Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a New American Grand Strategy

    October 16, 2013

    Edited by Dr. Volker C. Franke, Dr. Robert H. Dorff.
    View the Executive Summary

    The authors examine the utility of the U.S. Government’s whole-of-government (WoG) approach for responding to the challenging security demands of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. They specifically discuss the strategic objectives of interagency cooperation particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict management.

  • Conflict Management and "Whole of Government": Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy?

    April 17, 2012

    Edited by Dr. Volker C. Franke, Dr. Robert H. Dorff.
    Intended to facilitate dialogue between academic experts, military leaders, policymakers, and civilian practitioners, this edited volume provides a state of the art analysis of current whole of government (WoG) approaches and their effectiveness for coordinating stabilization and peacebuilding efforts. It explores the question: Can “smart power”—using the right tool for each operational context—successfully shift the burden of stability operations to civilian actors and enable the timely scaling-down of military deployments?

  • National Security Reform 2010: A Midterm Assessment

    August 31, 2011

    Edited by Dr. Joseph R. Cerami, Dr. Robert H. Dorff, Matthew Harber.
    This book includes a summary report of three panels, along with selected papers, from an April 22, 2010, colloquium in Washington, DC, on “2010: Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration.”

  • Educating International Security Practitioners: Preparing to Face the Demands of the 21st Century International Security Environment

    July 01, 2001

    Authored by Dr. Robert H. Dorff, Brigadier General Daniel J. Kaufman, Dr. James M. Smith, Dr. Linda P. Brady.
    The authors examine the challenges of the 21st century international security environment to which future strategic leaders and policy practitioners will need to respond.