After earning his B.A. in political science at Colgate, Professor East received an M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. Previously he taught at the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver and at the University of Kentucky. He has served as President of the International Studies Association and was Senior Fellow at the Strategic Concepts Development Center of the US Department of Defense. He received two Fulbright Awards to Norway and spent a year teaching and doing research in Uganda (1971-72) and New Zealand (1994-95). At the Elliott School, East has taught courses on international politics theory, comparative foreign policy studies, and introductory world politics. His publications include Diplomacy and Developing Nations, Why Nations Act, The Analysis of International Politics, and numerous articles on small states' foreign policy-making.