James Van de Velde, 1988

 James Van de Velde, Ph.D., a Lecturer at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and an Associate for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, has over 20 years of experience in academia, intelligence collection and analysis, political, counter-terrorism and proliferation analysis, and national security affairs. He is a former White House Appointee for nuclear weapons arms control under President George H. W. Bush, Yale University lecturer and residential college dean, State Department Foreign Service Officer and naval intelligence reserve officer. Dr. Van de Velde received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1988.

Dr. Van de Velde currently consults with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He has consulted previously with US Cyber Command, the Open Source Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counter Proliferation Center, the National Counter Terrorism Center, the US Joint Staff, and the US Department of Treasury.


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PhD Dissertation Title

  • Japan’s Emergence into Western Security Doctrine

Fields of Study

  • American Diplomatic History
  • Asian Diplomatic History
  • International Security Studies

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

Dr. Van de Velde is an Associate Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and has held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University and the US-Japan Program at Harvard University.

Education Before Fletcher

BA, cum laude, with Distinction in the Major, Political Science, Yale University, 1982. Sumitomo Fellowship Winner.  Voted National Chairman, US-Japan Student Conference, 1981


“Ending al-Qaeda,” (cover story) The American Interest, July/August 2011
‘‘Bring it On… Worked,” Small Wars Journal, September 1, 2010
• “The Impossible Challenge of Deterring ‘Nuclear Terrorism’ by al-Qa’ida,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, August 2010
• Five Counter Terrorism Communications Center messages, including three counter-Usama bin Laden messages, sent to 3000 US Government public diplomacy and public affairs experts to guide US counter terrorism messaging, July 2007-January 2008
• “Camp Chaos: US Counterterrorism Operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Volume 18, Number 3, Fall 2005
• Fifteen Defense Intelligence Agency ‘Intelligence Summaries’ for senior policy leadership (classified Secret-Top Secret/SCI); numerous Desknotes to the Director of Intelligence, Intelligence Memorandums, and Analyst Notes to specific senior leadership including the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, March 2002-August 2003
• “Analysis by an Intelligence Analyst on the War Against Iraq,” The Hartford Courant Sunday Magazine, March 30, 2003
• Eight Executive Highlights and twenty-five Notes in Brief Reports, J2, Intelligence Directorate (classified publications), May-September 2002
“Truman on Trial: Not Guilty,” History News Network, George Mason University, July 5, 2002
• “Let’s Improve the Rhetoric Regarding Star Wars This Time,” Strategic Review, Fall 1999
• “Advance North Korean Collapse,” Strategic Review, Summer 1999
• “NCND at Sea Still Alive and Consistent with International Law,” Naval Law Review, 1998. Vol. 45
• “The Growth of Criminal Organizations and Insurgent Groups Abroad Due to International Drug Trafficking,” Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Vol. 5, Winter 1996, Number 3
• “The Enola Gay Saved Lives,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 110, Number 3, Fall 1995
• “Pearl Harbor--It Could Have Been Worse,” Naval Institute Proceedings, December 1991
• “Japan’s Nuclear Umbrella,” The Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Vol. VII, Number 4, Winter 1988
• “US Extended Nuclear Deterrence for Japan,” Harvard Occasional Paper, The Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard University, Spring 1988
• “Article Nine of the Postwar Japanese Constitution: Codified Ambiguity,” The Journal of Northeast Asian Studies. Vol. VI, Number 1, Spring 1987
• “Security Issues of Korea: Past, Present and Future,” Institute Report, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, August 1983
• “The Northern Territories and US-Japan Relations,” The Yomiuri Shimbun, January 11, 1983


“Timidity Causes Syrian Barbarity,” The Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2012
“Why Aren’t We Shutting Down Terrorist Websites?” The Daily Caller, November 25, 2011
• “Bin Laden’s Lifework Can Be Used to Kill al-Qaeda,” The Washington Examiner, July 24, 2011(http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/40495)
• “Enola Gay Saved Lives, Period,” The Washington Post, February 8, 1995 (reprinted nationally and in The International Herald Tribune)
• “The Drug War is Over and We Lost,” The New Haven Register, February 5, 1995
• “Shooting of Colombian Drug Lord Won’t Put Cartels Out of Business,” The New Haven Register, December 12, 1993


• Drugs and Foreign Policy by Raphael Perl, in The Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 1994

Letters to the Editor

• “Warship Secrecy is Rooted in Law,” The New York Times, May 23, 1988
• “China Not a Superpower Soon,” The New York Times, February, 1988
• “Soviet and Japanese Claims to the Kuriles,” The New York Times, February 14, 1986


• Jihadist Use of the Internet, Presentation and panel participation to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual convention, 4-5 March 2012
• Cyber Brief To The Homeland Security Forum, (visiting legislators from Europe, Israel, Canada), Monday, May 23, 2011
• al Qaeda and WMD, Presentation to the Conference, “Tracking Terrorism in 21st Century: A National Symposium on the Roles of Science and Law in Detecting, Investigating and Adjudicating Political Violence,” Duquesne University School of Law, October 22, 2004


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