Admiral James Stavridis has written countless articles on global security issues over the past 35 years. Below are recently published articles written by and about the author of The Accidental Admiral.
The Top Secret (Fake) Memo to Putin on How to Counter NATO's Latest Move – James Stavridis in Foreign Policy June 16, 2015
Is the Kremlin worried about U.S. tanks in Europe?
What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin's World – Adm Stavriding in Foreign Policy June 2, 2015
Want to really understand what’s going on in Russia? Get rid of that CIA report full of dusty Cold War tropes. Forget the NSA intercepts or spy satellite imagery. And drop the jargon-filled scholarly analysis from those political science journals.
Instead, get back to the richest literary gold mine in the Western world: Russian novels and poetry.
So often these days, as I sail along in my second year of retirement, people—very nicely—say to me, “Thank you for your service.” …. But lately, I have been thinking about the many ways people serve their nation.
By Marcia Desanctis April 29, 2015
"Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important."
Deter Russia. Hold fast on Afghanistan. Fight ISIL, cyber-terrorists and pirates.
Are the very best leaders born or made? Reading is central to leading…..
In this brave new digital age, information on the latest cyber threats can be thought of as a form of “currency,” and an increasingly valuable one at that.
The New 40,000-strong Arab League "response force" is all about countering Iran. Get ready for tense times and strange bedfellows in the Middle East.
We Know How to End Drug Violence in Central America – By James Stavridis – Foreign Policy March 18, 2015
Stick to what worked in Colombia
In 1942, Winston Churchill said that Italy was the “soft underbelly” of Europe and directed Allied invasion efforts there. Today, we are seeing flickers of a similar strategy from the Islamic State….
Incoming: Advice for the Innovators – By ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) – Signal Magazine March 1. 2015
The Keys to Innovation
Lessons from the White Continent – By James Stavridis – Foreign Policy February 23, 2015
Why does peace and goodwill blook at the South Pole, when the Artic is so tense and frosty?
Reimagining Guantanamo Bay – By Adm Jim Stavridis – Huffington Post January 7, 2015
All is Not Lost In Afghanistan – By James Stavridis – Foreign Policy January 5, 2015
Combat operations are over, but that doesn't necessarily mean a retreat from the gains of the past 13 years of war.
Incoming: What is a Cyber Attack? – By Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret) Signal Magazine January 1, 2015
Unlike sea, air and land, much of cyberspace’s doctrine remains undefined, to include even the most fundamental of terms. We do not even have an agreed-upon definition of what constitutes an attack in cyberspace—and it is high time we did.
Ten Books to Know the World– Admiral Stavridis's Reading Recommendations from 2014
Opening Cuba and Closing Gitmo? Havana will be pushing hard to shut the nval satation at Guantanamo Bay — but Washington shouldn't give in.
By James Stavridis in Foreign Policy December 19, 2014
It's Not a (Totally) Poisoned Chalice; Some "presidential" suggestions for Ash Carter on taking the Pentagon's top job.
By James Stavridis in Foreign Policy December 3, 2014
Soft Power: The Vaccine Against Oppression – Breaking Defense – James Stavridis and Matthew Daniels Nov 25, 2014
Ebola is not the only virus threatening humanity. For nearly a decade, a spreading global contagion of oppression has caused setbacks in human rights of which ISIL is only the latest symptom
Admiral transitions to academia – The Miami Hurricane – November 16, 2014
Admiral James G. Stavridis went from leading soldiers through international conflicts to guiding graduate students at Tufts University.
How Power Shapes Our World — Thought Economics – November 11, 2014
President Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq – ArmyTimes – November 7, 2014
"We often talk about boots on the ground … what we really need are eyes on the ground so that we can more accurately use air [power] against the Islamic State," said Adm. James Stavridis, chief of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2009 to 2013.
Fighting Extremism Requires Foreign Aid, Too – Gen Anthony Zinni and Adm James Stavridis – The Daily Caller – Oct 21, 2014
How to Salvage France's Mistral Shipwreck –
Selling warships to Russia doesn't seem like a great idea right now. But there's someone else that could buy them — and make it a win-win for European security. Foreign Policy October 21, 2014
How NATO can respond to Swedish mystery – CNN Opinion – October 22, 2014
Navigating World Politics – Fletcher Dean James Stavridis recounts in a new book lessons he learned as the first naval officer to serve as military head of NATO.
TuftsNow October 17, 2014.
Advice for the Ice King: 5 Recommendation for America's new Arctic ambassador – by James Stavridis – Foreign Policy – Oct 9, 2014
Excerpt About Admiral Stavridis from Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's Book: Worthy Fights
Obama's UN speech had the right set of recommendations – Boston Globe – 9/24/14
Three key elements of President Obama's speech before the UN stand out:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Coalitions – Foreign Policy – 9/15/14
I believe in coalition warfare, but believe me: I do not wear rose-colored glasses as to the efficacy of such structures. And I yield to no man in my frustration with the care and management of such operations.
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How Obama can really defeat Isis in Syria, Iraq and beyond – The Guardian – 9/10/14
Bombing just won’t be sufficient. Isis demands a western force on the ground, roughly along the lines of what is envisioned in Afghanistan – and what we already discussed with the Iraqi government.
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Iran and the US Can Disagree on Some Issues But Find Zones of Cooperation – Iran Review – 9/7/14
Step one would be resolving the nuclear question in a positive way. The recent negotiations are at least a step in the right direction. In terms of other projects, I would start with counter-piracy; Iranian vessels have been engaged in the mission, as are ships from many other countries, including the USA.
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NATO's Brave New World – Foreign Policy – 8/21/14
The first order of business at the summit is to address the new relationship with Russia. The idea of a "true strategic partnership" with the Russian Federation, duly embedded in NATO's 2010 Lisbon Strategic Concept, is in tatters.Â Finding a new modus vivendi with Russia is job one for the alliance, and the discussions will not be pretty.
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Inshallah and Ojala – Foreign Policy – 8/1/14
It is interesting to note that the expressions in both Arabic and Spanish for "Hopefully it will happen, if God wills it," are very close linguistically:inshallahÂ andÂ ojalÃ¡, respectively. This is the result of the merger of the two cultures on the Iberian Peninsula in the days of the Umayyad Caliphate, when the languages bled into each other and the Arab world was at its peak of global influence. Perhaps it's time for a new merger, where the good results we can celebrate in Colombia can provide ideas and approaches for the bitter struggles of the Arab world.
Why This Is The Right Time To Cooperate With Iran – The World Post – 7/28/14
We should seriously explore ways in which our deeply problematic relationship with Iran can be improved through finding small zones of cooperation — including perhaps in Iraq today, which presents an opening of somewhat aligned interest in defeating the emerging danger of the ultra-violent extremist organization the Islamic State.