Dennis Jett

Professor of International Affairs, Penn State University

Dennis Jett is a professor of international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru and Mozambique, on the National Security Council, and in Argentina, Israel, Malawi and Liberia. From 2000 to 2008, he was Dean of the International Center at the University of Florida and on the faculty of the political science department. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has written two books -- “Why Peacekeeping Fails” and “Why American Foreign Policy Fails”, both published by Palgrave. He has been interviewed on Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NPR, BBC and other national and international news programs and has written over 100 opinion pieces for major newspapers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the American Academy of Diplomacy.