Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Visiting Fellow Discussion Forum : “Challenges to American Military Power: A Special Conversation with Admiral James Stavridis”

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 4:30pm
Horchow Hall, Room 103, GM Room See map
55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Visiting Fellow Discussion Forum presents:

Admiral Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Dean of the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy:  “Challenges to American Military Power.”

The conversation will be moderated by Professor John Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, Yale University, and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

Adm. Stavridis will discuss his most recent book, “Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character,” and its relationship to current national security challenges. A limited number books will available for the first 20 Yale attendees (must have Yale ID).

The talk is free and open to the general public, but registration is required. A reception will follow the talk at 5:45pm.

Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent 37 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and counter piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for nearly three years. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history. Following his military career, he served for five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with more than 50 US and international medals and decorations, including 28 from foreign nations. He also commanded a Destroyer Squadron and a Carrier Strike Group, both in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Secretary Hillary Clinton, and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position with President Donald Trump.

He earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, winning the Gullion prize as outstanding student in his class in 1983, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student. He speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis has published eight books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs, and Latin America, as well as hundreds of articles in leading journals. An active user of social networks, he has tens of thousands of connections on the social networks. His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over one million views. He tweeted the end of combat operations in the Libyan NATO intervention. His memoir of the NATO years, “The Accidental Admiral,” was released in 2014, and he had two books out in 2017: “The Leader’s Bookshelf: 50 Books That Make Us Better Leaders” and “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the Oceans.”

He is currently an Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm and is chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm. Admiral Stavridis is chair emeritus of the Board of the US Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation’s sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. He is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Open to: 
General Public