Murray Bessette, PhD

Murray Bessette is the director of academic programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, where he leads its educational and scholarly activities. Before joining the Foundation, Bessette was an associate professor of government at Morehead State University, specializing in political philosophy, national security, intelligence studies, and counter-terrorism. He is the editor of two books, including Liberty and Security in the Age of Terrorism, and author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “The Philosophic Background to Kojève's Critique of Leo Strauss's On Tyranny” and “The Crisis of the West, the Challenge of Technology, and the Reaffirmation of Political Philosophy.” He is a past president of the Kentucky Political Science Association, Lincoln fellow of the Claremont Institute, academic fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and co-director of the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. Bessette holds a BA honours and MA from the University of Alberta, an MA and PhD in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, and an executive certificate in counter-terrorism studies from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel.