Karl Friedrich Walling, Ph.D.

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Walling was an interrogator with the U.S. Army from 1976-1980. He earned a B.A. from St. John's College in 1984 and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1992. He has held several teaching and research appointments, including at Harvard University, Carleton College, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado College, and U.S. Naval War College, where he has been affiliated since 2000. Walling is also the author of “Republican Empire: Alexander Hamilton on War and Free Government” and co-editor of “Strategic Logic and Political Rationality.” In addition, he has written numerous articles and reviews on strategy, grand strategy, political philosophy, Thucydides and American political thought.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Theory
  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Professor of Strategy and War, USNWC Monterey Program


Professor, Strategy and Policy


Associate Professor, Strategy and Policy


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Research Contributions and Publications

Numerous articles and reviews on strategy, grand strategy, Thucydides, political philosophy, and American political thought.

Awards and Decorations

Exemplary Civilian Serice Medal
USAF Academy, 1995

Coble Prize in Distinguished Research
USAF Academy, 1995

Best Professor in the Social Sciences
USAF Academy, 1995

Special Act Teaching Awards, National Security Affairs Department
Naval Postgraduate School, 2015, 2016, 2017

Other Honors

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Program in Constitutional Government
Harvard University, 1992

John M. Olin Fellow in History and Political Philosophy

Fellow, Lierty Fund

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association

Midwest Political Science Association

International Studies Association

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