Roy Godson

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Roy Godson
Roy Godson
Roy Godson
OccupationProfessor emeritus of government at Georgetown University
Notable work
Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy

Roy Godson (born 1942) is an academic and scholar within the fields of international politics and national security, and a professor emeritus at Georgetown University.


Godson graduated with a PhD from Columbia University, with a focus on international politics and national security.[1][2][3]


He is a Georgetown University emeritus professor of government.[4][5][6]

Godson testified before the United States House of Representatives, United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as an expert on violence in Central America.[5] He testified before the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 2017, to give background on the Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.[7]

He has served as president of the National Strategy Information Center, Washington, D.C.[8][9][10]

Godson has authored and edited multiple books on covert operations and intelligence, including: Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy,[11] Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards,[12] and Comparing Foreign Intelligence.[13]


  • Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy, with Richard H. Shultz.[14]
  • Intelligence Requirements for the 1980s: Analysis and Estimates, [15]
  • Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Counterintelligence and Covert Action, [16]


  1. ^ "Roy Godson", General Profile, Georgetown University, 2017, retrieved June 3, 2017
  2. ^ Lefever, Ernest W. (1979), The CIA and the American Ethic: An Unfinished Debate, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Georgetown University, p. iv, ISBN 978-0896330313
  3. ^ Bailey, John J. (2001), Organized Crime and Democratic Governability, University of Pittsburgh Press, p. 260, ISBN 978-0822972297
  4. ^ Scott-Smith, Giles (2012), Western Anti-Communism and the Interdoc Network: Cold War Internationale, Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 190, ISBN 978-0230221260
  5. ^ a b Violence in Central America: briefing and hearing before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 81–84, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, June 26, 2007, p. 55
  6. ^ Sklar, Holly (1988), Washington's War on Nicaragua, South End Press, p. 244, ISBN 978-0896082953
  7. ^ Godson, Roy (March 30, 2017), "Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns" (PDF), Written Testimony of Roy Godson to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Open Hearing, March 30, 2017, United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
  8. ^ Gürbuz, U (2013), Future Trends and New Approaches in Defeating the Terrorism Threat, Nato Science for Peace and Security Series E: Human and Societal Dynamics, IOS Press, p. 114, ISBN 978-1614992714
  9. ^ Bellant, Russ (1991), The Coors Connection, South End Press, p. 79, ISBN 978-0896084179
  10. ^ Vlassis, Dimitri; Williams, Phil (2013), Combating Transnational Crime: Concepts, Activities and Responses, Routledge, p. 375, ISBN 978-0714651569
  11. ^ Shultz, Richard H.; Godson, Roy (1984), Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy, Pergamon-Brassey's, ISBN 978-0080315737
  12. ^ Godson, Roy (1995), Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards, Brassey's Intelligence & National Security Library, Brassey's, ISBN 9780765806994
  13. ^ Godson, Roy (1988), Comparing Foreign Intelligence, Macmillan, ISBN 978-0080347028
  14. ^ “The American Political Science Review.” The American Political Science Review, vol. 78, no. 4, 1984, pp. 1211–1211. JSTOR, JSTOR,
  15. ^ Pierre, Andrew J. “Foreign Affairs.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 59, no. 1, 1980, pp. 214–214. JSTOR, JSTOR,
  16. ^ Cohen, Eliot A. “Foreign Affairs.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 74, no. 5, 1995, pp. 167–167. JSTOR, JSTOR,

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