James Holmes, 2003

 James Holmes is professor of strategy at the Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University, Providence College, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was the A. Eiken Hohenberg Scholar. He earned the McGinnis Family Award in 1994, signifying the top graduate in his Naval War College class.

His most recent books are Red Star over the Pacific and Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age. Designated an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2010, Red Star over the Pacific was named to the Navy Professional Reading List as Essential Reading. Copies have been placed aboard every major ship, squadron, and shore installation in the U.S. Navy. Translations have appeared in China, Japan, South Korea, and Germany. Another is in progress in Taiwan.

Jim has published over 25 book chapters and 150 scholarly essays, along with hundreds of opinion columns, think-tank analyses, and other works. He blogs as the Naval Diplomat and is an occasional contributor to Foreign Policy, The National Interest, CNN, and the Naval Institute Proceedings. From 2001-2007 he was the foreign-affairs columnist for the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. He has been quoted or cited in outlets ranging from the Washington Post to Xinhua, and has appeared on NPR and the BBC.


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