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James R. Holmes, Ph.D.

James R. Holmes, Ph.D.

Strategy & Policy
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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, he served as a gunnery and engineering officer in the battleship Wisconsin, engineering and damage-control instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College.

Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., mathematics and German) and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University (M.A., international relations), Providence College (M.A., mathematics), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (M.A.L.D. and Ph.D., international affairs), where he was the A. Eiken Hohenberg Scholar. He earned the McGinnis Family Award, signifying the top graduate in his Naval War College class.

His most recent books (with long-time coauthor Toshi Yoshihara) 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 has been 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 Germany, China, South Korea, and Japan. An additional translation is underway in Taiwan.

Jim has published over 20 book chapters and 100 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.

He has been a visiting scholar at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and the Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, India. He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and spoken at such institutions as Duke, Harvard, and Vanderbilt universities; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC; the Japan Foreign Ministry and Maritime Self-Defense Force Staff College; the French Institute of International Relations (ifri), Paris; the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague; and the Chinese Council for Advanced Policy Studies, Taipei.

In October 2013 he addressed the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia. On Memorial Day 2013 he was keynote speaker at a Medal of Honor ceremony convened by the American Legion to celebrate the life of Chief Gunner's Mate George Brady.

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