Terence M. Nicholas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Wargaming Department
Terence Nicholas faculty photo


Terence M. Nicholas is a professor in the War Gaming Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. His naval operations experience is as a surface warfare officer, and reserve staff officer with 7th Fleet. His research background has spanned both military and civilian positions to include research for the Naval War College, the Office of Naval Intelligence, Naval Sea Systems Command and maritime industry. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between China's Belt and Road Initiative and its geopolitical influence potential.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor, War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College

Faculty member of the War Gaming Department in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies of the Naval War College.

Program Manager, US Maritime Resource Center

Managed all research and analysis for marine operations research projects, including port and waterway feasibility studies, commercial shipboard and marine terminal cyber vulnerability assessments, and a maritime domain risk analysis project.

Officer-in-Charge US Riverine Squadron One, Detachment Three

Commanded a riverine boat detachment in combat operations in Iraq to include conducting waterborne security operations with Iraqi police forces.


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2023, International Relations

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2018, Defense and Strategic Studies, JPME I

M.A., Brooklyn College, 2011, International Affairs

B.A., Fordham University, 2005, History

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