ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He holds a PhD in international relations and was Chairman of the Board of the US Naval Institute. He is currently Vice Chairman, Global Affairs with The Carlyle Group; and serves as the 14th Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. He has written articles on global security issues for Time Magazine ,Bloomberg Opinion,The New York Times, The Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Naval War College Review, and Proceedings and is the author or co-author of ten books, including 2034,The Leader's Bookshelf and Destroyer Captain.

Articles by James Stavridis

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You Can’t ‘Zoom’ Trust

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2020
What are we giving up if we don't return to the office after COVID? A world in which face-to-face interaction becomes the exception rather than the norm?

Maritime Hybrid Warfare Is Coming

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
December 2016
On a summer’s evening in the sweltering South China Sea, a coastal steamer of nearly 2,000 tons approaches a Vietnamese fishing fleet in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam, some ...

What Are Young Leaders Reading?

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
February 2016
People often ask what I am reading, and I love conversations that begin that way, as they offer the chance to not only enthusiastically expound on good books—something central to ...

Russia: Why Can't We Just Get Along?

By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
October 2014
The biggest disappointment of my four years at NATO was our failure to build a good working relationship with Russia. I came in with high hopes, believing that I could ...

Digitizing Proceedings

Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired), Chair of the Board of Directors
May 2014
It is my privilege, on behalf of the Board, to inform all U.S. Naval Institute Members that Proceedings has turned one of the most important pages in its celebrated 140 ...

Time for a U.S. Cyber Force

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired) and David Weinstein
January 2014
Such an organization would be very different from the current U.S. Cyber Command, especially considering who would man it.
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Teaching the Ropes

By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy
May 2010
The Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands Program is a perfect way for the U.S. military to learn regional culture, language, and history.
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Sailing Across the Bridge

By Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy
October 2009
The Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander, U.S. European Command, says the Atlantic is a bridge to the world.
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Journal of a First Command

By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy
April 2008
In an excerpt from the new Naval Institute Press book, Destroyer Captain, the author recounts his experiences as a ship skipper.

Books by James Stavridis