Admiral James Stavridis

  • (U.S. Navy, ret.), Fletcher School

Admiral Jim Stavridis is a recently retired United States Navy admiral. He was named Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He served as the 15th Commander, U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) from mid-2009 to mid-May 2013. He is the first Navy officer to have held these positions. Previously, Admiral Stavridis served as Commander, U. S. Southern Command – a region comprising Latin America, South America and the Caribbean – from late 2006 to mid 2009. He is the author of The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO (2014), Partnership for the Americas: Western Hemisphere Strategy and U.S. Southern Command (2010) and four other books on leadership, maritime affairs and strategic innovation. In 2017, he published The Leader’s Bookshelf and Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans. He has published more than 100 articles, including most recently in Foreign Policy magazine, “What Russian Literature Tells Us About Vladimir Putin’s World” and “Some Thoughts for America’s Next Top General”. He has more than 13,000 followers on Twitter and more than 10,000 friends on Facebook, and is a frequent blogger. Admiral Stavridis was named Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute in July 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.