James R. Holmes, Ph.D.

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Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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James Holmes is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College. A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University, Providence College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Naval War College, where he earned the Naval War College Award in 1994.

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  • China
  • Geopolitics
  • Indian Ocean
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy

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Professor of Strategy, Naval War College


Senior Research Associate, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs


Research Associate, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis


Surface Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy


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