James Stavridis

Dean of The Fletcher School, Charles Francis Adams / Raytheon Dean's Chair

  • PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • BS, U.S. Naval Academy


James Stavridis, Dean, is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A former Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published six books and over 150 articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.

Professional Activities
  • Served as Supreme Allied Commander, NATO and commander of U.S. European Commander (2009-2013)
  • Chair of the Board, U.S. Naval Institute (2013-present)
  • Led U.S. Southern Command in Miami (2006-2009)
  • Served as Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy
  • First commander of Navy’s “Deep Blue” strategic and tactical think tank after 9/11 Pentagon attacks (2001-2002)

Professional Associations
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations

• "Combat and Compassion," Frontiers in Development, pp. 50-60, Spring 2012, with Dr. Reuben Brigety
• “NATO’s Victory in Libya: The Right Way to Run an Intervention,” Foreign Affairs: pp. 2-7, No. 2, Vol 91, March/April 2012 (with Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder)
• “The 21st Century Force Multiplier: Public—Private Collaboration,” Washington Quarterly: pp. 7-20, Spring 2012, V. 25 No. 2, with Dr. Evelyn Farkas
• “Sailing the Cyber Sea,” Joint Force Quarterly: pp. 61-67, Issue 65, 2nd quarter 2012
• “Graveyard of Clichés,” An Ocean Away, Shipmate: p. 36, May-June 2011
• “Professionals Write: Whispers on a wall,” Marine Corps Gazette: p. 83, May 2011
• “The Comprehensive Approach in Afghanistan,” PRISM: Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 65-76, March 2011
• Preface in Jeffery E. Marshall’s “Skin in the game,” pp. ix-xi, NDU Press, February, 2011
• Viewpoint “Building Strategic Connections: Early investment pays future dividends,” per Concordiam: Volume 1, Issue 4, pp. 8-9, February 2011
• Foreword titled “The Arctic Ocean: Cooperation is Essential to Future Security in the Region,” in Paul Arthur Berkman’s Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean; Promoting Cooperation and Preventing Conflict. RUSI Whitehall Paper: September 30, 2010
• “Let Us Dare,” originally published in the Australian Defence Force Journal, Issue No. 181, 2010; reprint in USI Digest forthcoming September 2010 – February 2011
• “Taming the Outlaw Sea,” Naval War College Review: Volume 63, Number 4, pp.72-83, Autumn 2010 with Lieutenant Commander Richard E. LeBron, USN
• “The Long Road,” Turkish Policy Quarterly: Volume 9 Number 1, pp. 23-29, July 2010
• “Time,” An Ocean Away, Shipmate: p. 38, June 2010
• “Remembering Our Heroes – Past, Present, Future,” Special to the Tri-County Record – Admiral Praises Local Support for Troops. The Dongola Tri-County Record, Vol. 78, No. 44, May 27, 2010
• “Afghanistan: Monisäikeinen seinävaate,” Maanpuolustus, No. 93, pp. 37-41, March 2010
• “Strengthening the Bridge: Building Partnership Capacity,” Military Review: pp. 2-6, January-February 2010
• "An Intelligent Theater," Joint Force QUarterly: pp. 104-108, Issue 56, 1st quarter 2010
• “Let Us Dare,” Australian Defence Force Journal: Journal of the Australian Profession of Arms, Issue No. 181, pp. 72-77, 2010
• Ėditorial. “Un long chemin,” Le Journal du Parlement: Politique - Economie - Culture: pp. 1-2, Nouvelle Serie Nº 51, Inter-session 2010

• Command At Sea, Sixth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, Co-authored with Rear Admiral Robert Girrier, USN, December 15, 2010
• Partnership for the Americas: Western Hemisphere Strategy and U.S. Southern Command, National Defense University Press, November 2010
• Watch Officer’s Guide, Fifteenth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, Co-authored with Captain Robert Girrier, April 30, 2007
• Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command, U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2007
• Division Officer’s Guide, Eleventh Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, Co-authored with Commander Robert Girrier, October 15, 2004
• Watch Officer’s Guide, Fourteenth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2003
• Command at Sea, Fifth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, Co-authored with Vice Admiral William P. Mack, USN (Ret.), 1998
• Division Officer’s Guide, Tenth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1995
• Watch Officer’s Guide, Thirteenth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1992
• Division Officer’s Guide, Ninth Edition, Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute Press, Co-authored with Captain J.V. Noel, USN (Ret.), 1988

• “Convergence.” Washington Post, OP-ED, Section A, 10 June, 2013
• “NATO Success in Lybia,” OPED October 31, 2011 (with Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder) "Afghan Realities," International Herald Tribune: OPED, p. 9, September 25-26, 2010

  • Intrepid Freedom Award
  • Athenagoras Human Rights Award
  • Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow
  • Alfred Thayer Mahan Award
  • John Paul Jones Award
  • Arleigh Burke Award
  • 38 US and international military medals
  • Gullion Prize (Top in class), The Fletcher School, Tufts University

2012 Global TED Talk, "James Stavridis: A Navy Admiral's thoughts on global security"

Mailing Address
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA, 02155

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