The Origins of NATO: Ending the U.S. Isolationist Tradition

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Founder and Instructor

Paul F.J. Aranas is an American IR scholar and author, specializing in NATO and UN studies. He taught International Relations at the University of Hawaii and has guest lectured at numerous educational institutions. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Center for Diplomatic Strategic Studies (CEDS) in Paris, an M.A. in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster (UK), and a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon.

What Experts Say About Dr. Paul

I would like to strongly support Dr. Paul F.J. Aranas for teaching in International Relations, specifically about the United Nations system and International Politics...an outstanding knowledge of theory and practice.
Ambassador Andre Lewin, former Spokesman for the Secretary General of the United Nations, and deputy director of the press and publications Department of the United Nations, former Director of the Department of United Nations and International Organizations in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Aranas had one of the highest ranking results at the [doctoral] final examinations. Dr. Aranas is very active, dynamic, and hard-working and undoubtedly has all the intellectual, academic and organizational qualities, as well as the necessary individual experience...
Dr. Mikhail Lebedev, Professor, Doctor of Political Science and International Law of the University of Paris I-Sorbonne
Paul’s academic training and international travels are quite impressive...and [he is] very knowledgeable about European and global politics. He has shown great moral courage over the years, for instance by speaking out against war and working for peace. He is a skilled diplomat, which one can quickly see in his personal and professional interactions with students and colleagues. His respect for people from all walks of life and his sense of ethics are also evident in the way he handles himself.
Dr. Eliot Dickinson, Professor of Political Science, Western Oregon University, Author of Globalization and Migration
 Dr. Aranas excelled as a lecturer– he stimulated the interest and enthusiasm of students while maintaining academic rigor.  Paul was extremely dedicated to his students... Most importantly, Paul was very reflective in his teaching...he adjusted to the varying needs and learning styles of our students.  This is truly the hallmark of an excellent educator. 
 
Dr. Aranas has demonstrated himself to be a highly motivated and serious academic. 
Dr. Todd Belt, Professor and Political Management Program Director at George Washington University, former Political Science Department Chair, University of Hawaii
Paul had a strong rapport with the students in class...he was able to relay personal accounts of the current political process in France. I strongly recommend Paul [for teaching]...he clearly has the talent and ambition...
Dr. Mary Pettenger, Professor of Political Science, Western Oregon University
Paul demonstrated an ability to work with several different programming languages...[he] demonstrated strong communication skills throughout his time here...


Andrew Jordan, Vice President of Research and Development, Harris Computer Systems (School Solutions SNS Division)