Constantine Menges

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Dr. Constantine C. Menges is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC, where he is writing on foreign policy issues.

He served in the White House as special assistant to the President for national security affairs from 1983 to 1986, and was responsible for international communications and public diplomacy on all key foreign policy issues with the National Security Council. Also, from 1981 to 1983, he worked for the director of Central Intelligence as the national intelligence officer for Latin America.

Menges’ professional work on foreign policy has included experience as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, as a staff member at the Rand Corporation and as a subcabinet official. Also, he was a senior associate with the Washington office of the Hudson Institute and worked on domestic policy issues as an official of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, including service as a deputy assistant secretary for education.

Menges, who received his undergraduate degree and doctorate in political science from Columbia University, has lectured and published extensively on international issues including: strategic forces and arms control, Europe, Latin America, the encouragement of political democracy abroad and Soviet bloc-supported subversive aggression and international terrorism. Menges has analyzed US-Soviet relations for many years and is considered an expert on: trends since 1945, results of past efforts at detent, key issues in the bilateral negotiations, changes in Reagan Administration policy toward the USSR and likely future trends.

He is co-author of Politics in Europe (1965) and author of Spain: The Struggle for Democracy Today (1978). His most recent book is Inside the National Safety Council (1988).