Vogel, Ryan J.
Director of National Security Studies / Assistant Professor
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Director of National Security Studies
Director of the Center for National Security Studies
Assistant Professor of Law and National Security

Professor Ryan Vogel is an expert on national security, foreign policy, international law, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal justice.  He is a frequent contributor on national security issues to press and media outlets and scholarly and professional journals.  Professor Vogel is also a regular panelist and presenter for academic, governmental, military, and international audiences on national security and international law topics.

Professor Vogel teaches courses on U.S. national security, international law, and the law of war. He serves as the founding Director of the Center for National Security Studies at UVU.


Professor Vogel completed an LLM in public international law, with a certificate in national security law, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned both a J.D. and an M.A. in international affairs from American University. Professor Vogel graduated from Utah Valley University as valedictorian with a B.S. in Integrated Studies (social science and English). 


  • U.S. National Security Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • National Security Law
  • International Law and Organizations
  • Law of War
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Counterterrorism
  • Wartime Detention


Before coming to UVU, Professor Vogel served at the Pentagon as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He began his career at the Pentagon through the prestigious presidential management fellowship program. Professor Vogel worked primarily on issues related to counterterrorism, the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, international courts, human rights, legislation, and detention. Professor Vogel frequently represented the U.S. Government and the Department of Defense on official delegations and was the principal drafter of several key DoD doctrinal directives related to detention and detainee review processes.  He was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2014 and the OSD Group Achievement Award in 2013 and 2014.

Professor Vogel also served as a senior research associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group in Washington, DC and as an advisor on national security and foreign policy issues for U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT).  As a law student, he clerked in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. 

Previously, Professor Vogel taught international law courses at American University's Washington College of Law and School of International Service in Washington, D.C and at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Professor Vogel is an Honorary Colonel with the Utah National Guard and a member in good standing of the Maryland State Bar.


Beyond Geneva: Detainee Review Processes in Non-International Armed Conflict -- A U.S. Perspective, 95 International Law Studies 94 (2019).

Re-embracing the Wartime Detention Mission, 4 No. 1 Fletcher Security Review 107 (2017).

Challenges for the United States with the Rome Statute's "Crime of Aggression," 1 No. 1 UVU Journal of National Security 7 (2017). 

Ending the “Drone War” or Expanding It? Assessing the Legal Authority for Continued U.S. Military Operations Against al Qa’ida After Afghanistan, 8 Albany Gov. L. Rev. 280 (2015).

Droning On: Controversy Surrounding Drone Warfare Is Not Really About Drones, 19 No. 2 Brown J. World Aff. 111 (2013).

Drone Warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict, 39 No. 1 Denver J. Int’l L. & Pol. 101 (2011).

“Dependent on Arrival”: How Ahtisaari’s Kosovo Status Settlement Will Paralyze and Undermine the New Kosovar Constitution, 17 No. 1 Int’l Aff. Review 1 (2008).

Free Speech in the War on Terror: Does the Military Commissions Act Violate the First Amendment?, 15 No. 2 Hum. Rts. Brief 20 (2008).


“The United States’ Practice of Wartime Detention,” Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C., Mar. 28, 2019.

 Commencement Speaker, Military Intelligence Senior Leadership Seminar, Camp Williams, Bluffdale, UT, Mar. 8, 2019.

Panelist, “Ending Wars: The Strategy and Policy of Withdrawing U.S. Forces from Armed Conflicts,” National Security Week, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, Jan. 28, 2019.

“The Future of the Trans-Atlantic Security Relationship,” Global Spotlight: United Kingdom, Center for Global and Intercultural Engagement, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, Nov. 8, 2018.

“The Ethics of Wartime Detention,” UVU Ethics Week Symposium, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, Sep. 26, 2018.

“Presidential Authority and Practice in Making Non-Treaty International Obligations,” Iran, North Korea, and Executive Primacy in International Deal-Making, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, Sep. 10, 2018.

(See CV for complete list)


Uncomplimentary Complementarity and the International Criminal Court’s Afghanistan Probe, Just Security, Apr. 12, 2018.

Would War With North Korea Be Legal?, Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 8, 2017.    

From Russia Without Love, Salt Lake Tribune, May 9, 2017.

Trump's Opportunity to Get GTMO Right, Lawfare, Jan. 27, 2017.

Potential Implications of CENTCOM’s MSF Investigation on the ICC’s Preliminary Examination of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Lawfare, April 29, 2016.

Section 215 is Critical to Counterterrorism Strategy, Orlando Sentinel, May 22, 2015.

ICC Prosecutor Advances Examination of U.S. Detention Policies in Afghanistan, Lawfare, Dec. 4, 2014.

The DoD detainee directive and its definition of “unprivileged belligerency,” Just Security, Sep. 22, 2014.

A Response on Department of Defense Directive 2310.01E (Detainee Program), Just Security, Sep. 17, 2014.


Trump, Russia, Mueller, and the Man Who Would Be Attorney General, BYUradio (XFM 143), Top of Mind, Jan. 16, 2019.

National Security and the Government Shutdown, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, Jan. 9, 2019.

Murder of Saudi Dissident Stirs Trouble for Trump, BYUradio (XFM 143), Top of Mind, Dec. 6, 2018.

National Security Update on Khashoggi, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, Dec. 5, 2018.


Who is Interfering in the 2018 Midterm Elections?, BYUradio (XFM 143), Top of Mind, Oct. 24, 2018.

Missing Journalist Impacts U.S. Relationship with Key Allies, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, Oct. 17, 2018.

Tariffs and the Impacts on Our National Security, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, Sep. 19, 2018.

What Manafort’s Plea Means for Russia ProbeBYUradio (XFM 143), Top of Mind, Sep. 17, 2018.

(See CV for complete list)


  • Presidential Award of Excellence, Utah Valley University (2019)
  • Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship, Utah Valley University (2018)
  • Honorary Colonel, Utah National Guard (2018-Present)
  • Full-Time Faculty of the Year, Wolverine Achievement Awards, Utah Valley University (2017)
  • Honorary Commander, Utah National Guard (2016-2018)
  • Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense (2014)
  • Group Achievement Award, Office of the Secretary of Defense (2014)
  • Group Achievement Award, Office of the Secretary of Defense (2013)
  • National Security Law Certificate, Georgetown University Law Center (2011)
  • Award for Excellence in International Criminal Law, Georgetown Law (2010)
  • Presidential Management Fellowship, United States Government (2008-2010)
  • Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Certificate, American University (2006)
  • Valedictorian, Utah Valley State College (2004)