Adm. James Stavridis

James Stavridis

  • Adm. James Stavridis
  • Retired U.S. Navy Admiral, Dean of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University


“The six largest nations in the world in descending order: China, India, Facebook, the United States, Twitter and Indonesia.”
James Stavridis serves as the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is its 12th leader since its founding in 1933. A former Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009–2013 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 five books and over a hundred 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. He holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy as well as an MALD and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 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
  • 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

Presentations at Calvin University

A Navy Admiral’s Thoughts on Global Security
Part of the: January Series

Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Underwritten by: Meijer, Inc. and The Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, the presentation is not recorded or archived.

Featured publication(s)

The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO cover image
Adm. James Stavridis


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