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Carnes Lord

Carnes Lord

Strategic Researcher | NWC Press
College of Operational and Strategic Leadership
(401) 841-4444


Carnes Lord, Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, is a political scientist with broad interests in international and strategic studies, national security organization and management, classical studies, and the history of political philosophy. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Ph.D (Classics) from Yale University, as well as a Ph.D (Government) from Cornell University. Dr. Lord has taught at Yale University, the University of Virginia, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and has held various positions in the United States government, including on the National Security Council staff and the Office of the Vice President. His latest books are The Politics of Aristotle (editor and translator; second edition, University of Chicago Press, 2013), and Proconsuls: Delegated Political-Military Leadership from Rome to America Today(Cambridge University Press, 2012). In addition to his role as professor in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, Dr. Lord is director of the Naval War College Press and editor of the Naval War College Review.
                                                        Books and recent Articles



Proconsuls: Delegated Political-Military Leadership from Rome to America Today (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective, edited with Andrew Erickson and Lyle Goldstein (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2009).

Losing Hearts and Minds? Public Diplomacy and Strategic Influence in the Age of Terror (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2006).

Reposturing the Force: U.S. Overseas Presence in the Twenty-first Century, edited, Newport Paper 26 (Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 2006).

The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now (New Haven:Yale University Press, 2003).

Essays on the Foundations of Aristotelian Political Science, edited with David K. O'Connor (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991).

The Presidency and the Management of National Security (New York: The Free Press, 1988).

Political Warfare and Psychological Operations: Rethinking the U.S. Approach, edited with Frank Barnett (Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1988).

The Politics of Aristotle, edited and translated (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984; second edition 2013).

Tasso's Dialogues, edited and translated with Dain A. Trafton (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983).

Education and Culture in the Political Thought of Aristotle (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1982).

Recent Articles

“When Land Powers Look Seaward,” with Andrew Erickson and Lyle Goldstein, Proceedings of the US Naval Institute (April 2011): 18-23.

Review of Nicholas J. Cull, The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989, in Presidential Studies Quarterly40 (December 2010): 798-99.

“China Sets Sail,” with Andrew Erickson and Lyle Goldstein, The American Interest 5 (May/June 2010): 27-34.

“China and Maritime Transformations,” in Erickson, Goldstein, and Lord, eds., China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective, pp. 426-56.

“Public Diplomacy and Psychological Warfare (Cold War),” Case Studies in National Security Reform (Washington, D.C.: Project on National Security Reform, 2009).

“Marketing Freedom: Cold War, Public Diplomacy, and Psychological Warfare,” in James Jay Carafano and Richard Weitz, Mismanaging Mayhem: How Washington Responds to Crisis (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008), pp. 46-65.

“And We’re Here to Help You,” review of John D. Donahue, The Warping of Government Work, and Paul C. Light, A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of Federal Service and How to Reverse It, in Claremont Review of Books (Winter 2008/09): 21-23.

“Reorganizing for Public Diplomacy,” in John Arquilla and Douglas A. Borer, eds., Information Strategy and Warfare: A Guide to Theory and Practice (New York and London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 113-26.

“The Great Triumvirate,” review of John O’Sullivan, The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister, in Claremont Review of Books (Summer 2007): 33-34.

“On the Nature of Strategic Communications,” Joint Force Quarterly (3rdQuarter 2007): 83-85.

“Requiem pour le néoconservatisme?” Politique américaine (Summer-Fall 2006): 89-102.

“Diplomatie publique et soft power,” Politique américaine (Winter 2005-2006): 61-72.

"Dreams of Empire," review of Niall Ferguson, Colossus: The Price of America's Empire, and Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, in Claremont Review of Books (Fall 2004): 11-12.

"A Strategic Defense Initiative," The National Interest (Summer 2004): 84-92.


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