Dr. Matthew Crosston is Vice Chairman at ModernDiplomacy.eu and Editor-in-Chief of the Global South policy initiative, the Journal of Rising Powers. He is Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel; Senior Advisor for the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece; Senior Fellow at the China Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research in Nanjing, China; and was the first American invited to conduct a political analysis blog for the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow, Russia.
Dr. Crosston won the Kotouc Family All-Faculty Research Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in 2015 and was named the Outstanding Instructor by the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) in 2013, while also receiving the Commander’s Coin for Integrity, Service, and Excellence from the 97th Intelligence Squadron for facilitating foreign language study for airmen at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He earned his master's from the University of London and his bachelor's from Colgate University.
Dr. Crosston works have been translated into Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish, Farsi, Greek, and Uzbek. He has published top-tier research that has impacted real world decision-making in the U.S. and beyond. His established work in cyber (seven major pieces published in the previous six years) are required readings at U.S. Cybercom, and his concept of "active cyber defense" has gained legitimacy not only within the U.S. intelligence community, but has been openly supported by Israel’s Mossad. In addition, his piece "Soft Spying" (industrial/economic espionage) is required reading at the U.S. Army War College and often cited by numerous Fortune 500 companies.
He has published over 100 analytical editorials and commissioned opinion pieces that represent the full spectrum of global security and leadership in the 21st century. In 2017, his piece "Virtual Patriots and a New American Cyber Strategy: Breaking the Zero-Sum Game" (2012), was selected for inclusion in the special 10th anniversary commemorative issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly, and his analytical commentary "The Grand Cyber Spy Game: Russia, America, and China Stealing the World One Byte at a Time" was voted the #1 story on Modern Diplomacy for all of 2016.
Dr. Crosston has been interviewed by media organizations across Europe, Asia, the Post-Soviet space, and the Middle East. In the past few years he has been invited to speak at such diverse venues as the U.S. Department of State, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Oxford University, University College London, STRATCOM, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has maintained a Global Top 0.1% ranking for the last 30 consecutive months in over two dozen sub-fields on Academia.edu, and his works have been downloaded by over 5,000 institutions in over 180 countries, accumulating nearly a quarter of a million overall views and nearly 3,000 followers.