Research and Study Group Opportunities

The Naval War College offers unique opportunities for you to conduct advanced research at the college or contribute to enhanced understanding of a particular geographic region through our regional studies groups. Individual Directed Research Projects can be completed for elective credit and the Naval War College’s seven regional studies groups have become strategic assets in the war on terrorism and in future military operations; they have also helped to support the CNO's maritime security cooperation initiatives.

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The Individual Advanced Research Projects allow qualified students to undertake individual research projects for elective credit. These projects are subject to review and approval by the Advanced Research Council (ARC) and the President of the Naval War College.

Regional & Specialized Study Groups

The Naval War College hires faculty members with regional security expertise and analysis in all areas of the globe. Academic, research, and gaming faculty members possessing regional and cultural knowledge participate in our regional studies groups, through which the Naval War College promotes major research and exchange/educational relationships with counterpart institutions around the world.

Individual Advanced Research Projects

The Individual ARPs allows qualified students to undertake individual research projects for elective credit. These projects, comparable to master’s research project, are subject to review and approval by the Advanced Research Council (ARC) and the President of the Naval War College. They are supervised by faculty advisors with expertise in the areas studied. Faculty members, including the faculty advisor chosen to guide the student’s research and the director of the program, evaluate each ARP proposal and final product. Nominally, individual research projects are proposed in the student’s first trimester at the college with preliminary research done in the second trimester. The student’s final trimester is then used to complete the research and produce the written product. The most successful students in this program have some level of experience in research methodology and in writing thesis-length papers.

Regional & Specialized Study Groups

Field Studies Program

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Africa Studies Group

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Asia Pacific Studies Group

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Europe-Russia Studies Group

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Greater Middle East Group

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Indian Ocean Studies Group

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Latin America Studies Group

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