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Zachary Shore

National Security Affairs

Phone: (831) 656-3358


Zachary Shore is a historian of international conflict. He focuses on understanding the enemy.

Shore is Associate Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He earned his doctorate in modern history at Oxford, performed postdoctoral research at Harvard, and held a fellowship at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He is the author of five books, including three on enemy assessments shown below. He has also written on decision making, Blunder, and he recently published a practical guide to success in graduate school, Grad School Essentials.
NPS Experience
  • 2006 - current: Professor
Research Interests
Zachary Shore's work stands at the intersection of history, decision making, and policy. Through four books and numerous articles he has asked how leaders make decisions about their enemies and how this in turn affects international conflict. The overarching aim is to develop a history of judgment in foreign affairs. His hope is that this work will not only advance our understanding of particular historical periods but will also provide some guidance to contemporary decision makers.
Teaching Interests
Zachary Shore is a historian of international conflict. Much of his research focuses on understanding the enemy. Some of his other research interests include:

20th-Century International History
Late Modern Europe
Interwar Era Germany
Islam in Europe
Foreign Policy Decision Making