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Jim Golby

LecturerPh.D., Stanford University



Jim Golby joined the Clements Center for National Security in July 2020 as a Senior Fellow and the Department of Government as a Lecturer. Jim is a United States Army strategist with twenty years in uniform, currently serving as a defense policy adviser at the United States Mission to NATO. His work focuses on civil-military relations, military strategy, domestic sources of foreign policy, and American national security policy. He is also the co-host of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' "Thank You for Your Service" podcast, a non-resident senior fellow with the United States Studies Centre in Sydney, Australia, and a member of the editorial board for the inter-disciplinary journal, Armed Forces & Society.  Jim previously served as a special adviser to the Vice President of the United States, as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as an assistant professor of American Politics, Policy, and Strategy at the US Military Academy at West Point. Before becoming an Army strategist, Jim commanded a security company in Iraq (2006-07) and led a scout platoon in combat in Iraq (2004-05). He is a former International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (2016-17) and a Munich Young Leader (2017). He is currently working on two main research projects: a book project, with Dr. Peter Feaver, that examines the determinants of public confidence in the U.S. military and another project that explores how political polarization shapes American civil-military relations. Jim graduated with a BS in American Government from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the US Army in June 2001. He also holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University.


GOV 360D • International Security-Wb

37510 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM
Internet; Synchronous

Explores the conditions and motivations behind the use of military force in world politics.

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