George F. Oliver, Ph.D.

Col. (ret.), U.S. Army

Associate Professor Joint Military Operations Department
George Oliver photo


Associate Professor George Oliver has been a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College since November 2005. Prior to NWC, he served 31 years in the U.S. Army. His assignments include: Deputy Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Director of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute in Carlisle, PA and the Military Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. While on active duty, Oliver served in a variety of light infantry, ranger, Special Forces, and airborne units across the globe. Additionally he has taught, written and lectured around the world on the role of the military in peace operations and peacebuilding.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Desert Storm
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Military Planning
  • Peace Operations

Professional Highlights


Professor Joint Military Operations

Professor Military Operations teaching operational level planning to both the senior course and junior course. Also taught elective, Understanding and Resolving Conflict


Ph.D., School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

M.B.A., University of South Carolina

M.S., US Naval War College

B.S., US Military Academy

C.V. or Resume

Related Credentials

Adjunct Professor, Peace Operations Training Institute

Adjunct Professor Defense Institute for International Legal Studies

Research Contributions

Contributing author to Certain Victory: the U.S. Army in the Gulf War
McLean, VA: Brassey’s

“2d ACR and Force Projection” in Military Review
July-August 1995

“Regional Organizations in Peace Operations” in Conference Report by United Services of India
Peacekeeping 2015 – A Perspective. Dehli, India

“Determining Success in Peace Operations,” Challenges of Peace Operations into the 21st Century
Stockholm: Elanders Gotab

“The Other Side of Peacekeeping: Peace Enforcement and Who Should Do It?” In International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of International Peace Operations
Harvey Langholtz, Boris Kondoch, and Alan Wells ed.
Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

“Winning the Peace in Iraq; The Initial Accomplishments of ORHA and the CPA,” Ihsan Yucel and Derek Boothby, ed. The Challenges of Change in the 21st Century and the Continuing Need to Reform. Ankara, Turkey: Center for Strategic Research

Breeding the Phoenix: The Military’s Role in Peacebuilding, copyright, George Oliver, PhD dissertation at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

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