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James Coyle

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


James Coyle has held a number of positions in the federal government, including director of Middle East studies at the US Army War College; first secretary for political-military affairs at the US Embassy in Ankara; senior political analyst for Palestinian affairs; and special assistant to the FBI/New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is co-author of Culture and Conflict in the Middle East published in December 2003 by Prentice-Hall, and the author of Russia’s Interventions in Ethnic Conflicts:  the case of Armenia and Azerbaijan (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Coyle speaks and/or reads Turkish, Persian, French, and German in various degrees of proficiency.

Coyle's areas of teaching expertise include: national security strategy, Middle East politics, issues in intelligence, comparative politics, international relations, American politics, European and Eurasian politics.

Coyle received his bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, his master's degree in public administration from Temple University, and a PhD in political science from George Washington University. His dissertation topic was nationalism in Iranian Kurdistan.

Coyle is an independent consultant on national security affairs with a heavy public-speaking schedule.


  • PhD, Political Science, George Washington University
  • MPA, Temple University
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations


  • Issues in Intelligence
  • Middle East Politics
  • National Security Strategy
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Terrorism