Timothy Urban, 2017, United States

On the classroom experience: One of my favorite classes is Internal Conflict and War, a seminar that focuses on irregular warfare, armed groups, and the consequences of failing to address the changes in modern warfare. Paired with the iconic course, Role of Force in International Politics, these classes provide a philosophical analysis of warfare, a deep-dive into the immense challenges presented in modern conflict by non-state armed groups, terrorists, and criminal organizations, and the importance of diplomacy in resolving conflict. In the classroom, the students’ diverse backgrounds engender spirited discussions that represent many worldviews and have driven me to reexamine my own opinions and preconceptions. The International Security Studies program is beyond compare, with faculty that combine academic expertise and practical experience to create a dynamic and well-rounded educational environment. Bottom line: no other school tackles the field of international security the way Fletcher does.

On the Fletcher community: Fletcher has a reputation for emphasizing relationships. As an older student, I have had the opportunity to network with many students just starting their careers, but I have also developed unlikely friendships. Within the first few days of being at Fletcher, I met a civilian Ph.D. student with whom I share many colleagues. We found a chance to collaborate on the Fletcher Security Review and partner with other academic and government organizations.

Favorite movie:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Moment when you felt the furthest from home:

Landing on an aircraft carrier at night in bad weather

Most memorable international experience:

Driving on the sidewalk at 80 kph in an ambulance at 2 a.m. in Pattaya, Thailand

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Human suffering brought about by conflict and disasters

Most interesting person you’ve met at Fletcher:

A French student with a Ph.D. in astronomy who decided to change fields in the middle of his career

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

International Organizations

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Fletcher Security Review

Fletcher Neptunes

Fletcher Veterans

Education before Fletcher

M.A., Military Operational Art and Sciences - Air War College

B.S., English - U.S. Naval Academy

Experience before Fletcher

Military Professor of Strategy and Policy - U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Commanding Officer - VAW-115, Atsugi, Japan

Navy Federal Executive Fellow - RAND Corporation, Arlington, Virginia