A Navy Admiral’s Thoughts on Global Security

Underwritten by Meijer, Inc. and The Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

“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

Learn more

What will 21st-century security look like? Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis suggests that dialogue and openness will be the game-changers. Watch his 2012 TED presentation.

Just released October 2014!

The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO is a memoir of Admiral James Stavridis’s experience as NATO’s supreme allied commander.


Follow Adm. Stavridis on twitter @StavridisJ and on Facebook