Prof. Shultz Bio

Richard H. Shultz, Jr. Director, International Security Studies ProgramDr. Richard H. Shultz, Jr., is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he teaches graduate-level courses in various aspects of international security affairs, internal/transnational conflict, war studies, and intelligence and armed groups. He is also the director of the Fletcher School’s International Security Studies Program. The program is dedicated to graduate-level teaching and research on a broad range of conflict, defense, and strategic issues.

In Washington he has served as director of research at the National Strategy Information Center (NSIC) where in 2010 he completed with NSIC President Roy Godson a major study focused on Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda for 21st century security challenges.  It is available at

He also recently completed with the assistance of the U.S. Marine Corps an in-depth study analyzing one of what he believes is illustrative of the types of conflicts that will characterize the 21st century security environment--the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2004-2008 counterinsurgency campaign in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. To complete the research he had access to the records and Iraq oral history collection at the U.S. Marine Corps History Division. The study has been published under the title The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight against Al Qaeda (Annapolis, MD: The Naval Institute Press, 2013). For a roundup of the book’s advanced publicity and the Publisher’s Weekly review go to Recently, the book was reviewed in The Wall Street Journal
A brief description of The Marines take Anbar is now available on You Tube at

His new research project is focused on developing “A U.S. Blueprint for Security Sector Reform (SSR) for the 21st Century.” The project focuses on: 1) developing a framework for the U.S. that adapts SSR theory and practice for addressing dysfunctional security sectors of fragile states; 2) examines the state of capabilities across the U.S. government for addressing these challenges; and 3) identifies gaps in those capabilities that need to be filled if the U.S. is to employ SSR as an effective policy tool. The project is a joint effort with Dr. Querine Hanlon of United States Institute of Peace. Support for the project comes from the Smith Richardson Foundation.

He has held three chairs: the Olin Distinguished Professorship of National Security Studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College, and Brigadier General H. L. Oppenheimer Chair of War-fighting Strategy, U.S. Marine Corps. Currently he is Senior Fellow, U.S. Special Operations Command-Joint Special Operations University.

Since the mid-1980s he has served as a security consultant to various U.S. government departments and agencies concerned with national security affairs. Currently he is a consultant to the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Marine Corps.

His other recent books include Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat (Columbia University Press, 2006; 2009 Paperback Edition) and The Secret War against Hanoi: Kennedy’s and Johnson’s Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam (New York: Harper Collins, 1999; 2000 Paperback Edition).

He authored two recent monographs: Strategic Culture and Strategic Studies: An Alternative Framework for Assessing Al Qaeda and the Global Jihadi Movement (Tampa, FL: USSOCOM/JSOU Press, 1012) and Armed Groups and Irregular Warfare: Adapting Professional Military Education (Washington, DC: National Strategy Information Center, 2009).

His recent articles include:  “States in the 21st Century,” Geopolitics, History and International Relations 4:1 (2012); “A QDR for all Seasons,” Joint Forces Quarterly (Sept. 2010); and “The Sources of Instability in the Twenty-First Century Weak States, Armed Groups, and Irregular Conflict,” Strategic Studies Quarterly (Summer 2011).