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Dr. Zachary Shore

Associate Professor


Research Interests
International History, Decision Making, Strategy and Policy, Late Modern Europe, European Muslims

Zachary Shore is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School , and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He previously served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State through an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also worked as a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC. (See

Shore earned his doctorate in modern European history from St. Antony's College, Oxford, and has lived for more than six years in Europe, traveling for extended periods across the continent, including Germany, Russia, and the Balkans. His academic honors include winning Harvard's Derek Bok Teaching Award, Oxford's St. Antony's Book Prize, a Dupont Fellowship, an Idea Prize from Germany's Kõrber Foundation, and research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Earhart Foundation, Daimler-Chrysler Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Dialogue TV, KRON 4 TV, and other media outlets.

Shore’s articles and editorials on foreign policy have appeared in The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Haaretz, The National Interest, Orbis, The Journal of Contemporary History, and Intelligence and National Security. His books have been reviewed and profiled in Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, Newsweek,, Vanity Fair, O, The Oprah Magazine, Washington Monthly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New Republic On-line. His study of Europe’s Muslims, Breeding Bin Ladens: America, Islam, and the Future of Europe, was named an outstanding title of 2007 by Choice magazine.


  • Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions (New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.)
  • Breeding Bin Ladens: America, Islam, and the Future of Europe (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).
  • What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).


  • “Europe’s Quiet Integration,” International Herald Tribune, November 29, 2006.
  • “Europe’s Terrorists: Where Next?” International Herald Tribune, July 15, 2005.
  • “European Disunion,” The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, December 8, 2004.
  • “Fanatically Secular, France Places Scarves Under Siege,” AICGS Advisor, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Newsletter, January 9, 2004.
  • “North Korea’s Dictator Might Not Be Getting the Message,” The Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 1, 2003.
  • “To the Victor Go the Toils: The Challenges Awaiting Germany’s Next Chancellor,” AICGS Advisor, September 2002.
  • “Iran’s Reformers Need Our Help,” Newsday, Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
  • “US Should Acknowledge Serbs’ Case,” Newsday, Thursday, April 15, 1999.
  • “Refugees in Kosovo Must Be Shielded,” Newsday, Thursday, October 1, 1998.

Articles & Policy Papers

  • “Europe’s Muslim Dilemma and Muslim Europe’s Choice,” William Anthony Hay and Harvey Sicherman, eds., Is There Still A West? (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006), pp. 79-112.
  • “Can the West Win Muslim Hearts and Minds?” Orbis, Summer 2005, pp. 475-90.
  • “Muslim Europe and the Transatlantic Divide,” Working Paper, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Washington, DC (2004).
  • “Three Faces of Realism,” Orbis , Vol. 47, No. 2 (Spring 2003), pp. 349-359.
  • “Uncommon Threats: Germany’s Muslims, Transatlantic Relations, and the War on Terror,” Policy Report, No. 5, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, DC (2003).
  • “US/Balkans: Relations Under Bush,” Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, February 12, 2001.
  • “ United States: Serbian Options,” Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, October 31, 2000.
  • “The Challenge to Certainty,” The National Interest , No. 60 (Summer 2000).
  • “Hitler’s Opening Gambit: Intelligence, Encirclement, and the Decision to Align with Poland,” Intelligence & National Security, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Autumn 1999), pp. 111-130.
  • “Hitler, Intelligence, and the Decision to Remilitarize the Rhine,” Lead article, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 34, No. 1 (January 1999), pp. 5-18.

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