For the past five years, Admiral Stavridis has served as Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is one of the most prominent and celebrated public voices on national security affairs. He is a retired 4-star naval officer who served most recently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and before that as head of the US Southern Command covering Latin America. Admiral Stavridis has also written numerous books and articles for leading publications worldwide. Currently, he writes a monthly column for TIME Magazine, and is Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He will be stepping down from his role as Dean of The Fletcher School in August.
Admiral Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy. In addition to his four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa, Admiral Stavridis 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.
In the course of his career in the Navy, he also 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.
Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, and received honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student. He also serves at The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive, and is the Chair 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 speaks Spanish and French.