Constantine C. Menges, regarded as one of the nation’s most creative and forceful exponents of democracy and the Reagan principle of “peace through strength,” has died.



Constantine C. Menges

Most recently a fellow at the Center for Security Policy and the Hudson Institute, Menges, was a national intelligence officer at the CIA during the Reagan administration and later a special assistant to the president for national security affairs.

Menges, who died Sunday at age 64, was a frequent guest on Joseph Farah’s WorldNetDaily RadioActive program.

“Dr. Menges was one of the most insightful analysts of world events and trends,” said Farah. “He would have been one of my picks to be CIA director. He will be sorely missed.”

Menges was known for his wide-ranging interests, formidable intelligence, impressive language skills – giving him a command of French, German, Spanish and Russian – and powerful and persuasive rhetorical abilities.

His numerous books include: “Spain: The Struggle for Democracy,” “The Future of Germany and the Atlantic Alliance,” “Transitions from Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe,” “Partnerships for Peace, Democracy and Prosperity” and “The Marshall Plan From Those Who Made It Succeed.”

At the time of his death, he had just completed the manuscript for another book, “China, the Gathering Threat: The Strategic Challenge of China and Russia.”

During his government service, Menges helped formulate and adopt key strategies aimed at countering Soviet political warfare and aggression and encouraging transitions to democracy abroad.

Notably, while in Czechoslovakia in 1968, Menges helped encourage non-violent civic resistance to the Soviet-led invasion.

After the Reagan Administration, he pursued initiatives to encourage democratic change around the world, with a special focus on the post-communist states, Iraq, Iran and the Americas. He briefly was based at the Center for Security Policy and then, from 1990 to 2000, he founded and directed the Program on Transitions to Democracy at George Washington University.

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