Visiting Professor

Academic Career

Arthur R. Rachwald was born in Poland, where he began his academic career lecturing on jurisprudence after earning his law degree from the University of Marie (Curie) Sklodowska. After immigrating to the United States in 1969, he received a Ph.D. in international relations and public law from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and at Harvard University’s Russian Research Center.
In 1980, Arthur joined the Political Science faculty at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He advanced through the academic ranks and in 1990 was promoted to a full Professor, concentrating his research on transatlantic relations, Russian politics, and American constitutional law. He has published four books, and authored over 20 scholarly articles, as well as numerous academic papers and commentaries.
Concurrent to his tenure at the Naval Academy, he was actively associated with the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University, both at the Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy centers, and with the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria.
Among his duties at the Naval Academy, he chaired the Political Science department, comprising over 40 civilian and military faculty and a student enrollment of approximately 500, and served on a number of Academy-wide committees, among them the Trident committee for distinguished scholars and the Tenure and Promotion committee. He is the recipient of several research and teaching rewards, as well as two service awards bestowed by the Chief of Naval Operations: the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Superior Meritorious Civilian Service Award. In 2014, he retired from the Academy with an honorary degree of Professor Emeritus granted by the Secretary of the Navy. With his wife Anna, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, and continues his academic endeavors as a visiting professor and lecturer at the DA.


Discussion topic:
The Obama Doctrine and Beyond: Challenges for the President-elect.
The incoming national leadership is likely to implement a substantial revision in the objectives and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Under President Obama’s tenure in office, many Europeans became concerned about a possible decrease in America’s commitment to transatlantic relations and by Russia’s military moves aimed at altering the existing balance of power.
For the past eight years, the Obama doctrine has provided both the vision and the operational guidance for the American foreign policy. However, recent statements by the presidential candidates and opinions expressed by national security experts voiced reservations about the doctrine’s intellectual underpinnings and its relevance to the strategic exigencies of the highly contested world politics today. The central issue is that of America’s commitment to global leadership, including the security guarantees for NATO, Japan, South Korea and other democracies.

Discussion points:
- The role of presidential foreign policy doctrines in the American constitutional and political systems.
- Evolution of the President’s global perspective from the “Bush Light” to the Obama doctrines.
- Admirers and critics; European anxiety; “Putin’s hypothesis.”
- American choice: leading from behind or leading from the front?