Dr. Michael Cairo is a 1992 Political Science graduate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo. He received his MA and PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Cairo has previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and Georgetown College. His first book, The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East, published in November 2012, is the inaugural book in the University Press of Kentucky series on Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace. In The Gulf, Cairo reveals how, despite many similarities, George H.W. and George W. Bush pursued very different international strategies. He explores how the personality, beliefs, and leadership style of each man influenced contemporary U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Cairo has also written numerous book chapters and book reviews focusing on American diplomacy.