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Doug E. Streusand, Ph.D.

Professor of International Relations
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-4642
Email: douglas.streusand@usmcu.edu
Areas of Interest: Islam, Political Islam, Persian History


Ph.D. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. Duke University


Douglas E. Streusand is Professor of International Relations at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. He joined the faculty in 2005 as Associate Professor and became a full Professor in 2009. At the Command and Staff College, Dr. Streusand teaches the Security Studies course and writes the curriculum of that course on the Middle East and South Asia. He has taught elective courses on Islam and Politics, the Strategic Geography of the Iranian Plateau and South Asia, and Exploring Seapower. He is also the founder and director of the Command and Staff College’s brown bag seminar program.


Outside of Marine Corps University, Dr. Streusand has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland University College, the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies, and at the Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of statecraft in Washington, DC, where he has been Adjunct Professor since 2006. He has taught courses on Islam and Politics, the Geopolitics of the Iranian Plateau and South Asia, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Geography and Strategy, and Totalitarian Islamist Strategic Doctrine.


Outside of academia, Dr. Streusand has been Public Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Chairman of the Persian Gulf Working Group of Washington Strategy Seminar, Senior Fellow and Director of the Greater Middle East Program at the U.S. Global Strategy Council, and Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project of the Middle East Forum.


Dr. Streusand is the author of two books, The Formation of the Mughal Empire (1989), and Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (2010) (also published in Turkish translation in 2013), and editor of a third, The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War (2016). He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Islam (3rd. Edition), the Encyclopedia of World History, and Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: An Historical Encyclopedia. He has also written chapters for four books and produced twenty articles and reviews.


His current research projects include entries on Safavid and Mughal warfare for Oxford University Press’s online Military Bibliographies and a book, Seven Myths about Islamic History, for Hackett Publishers.


Selected Publications

The Formation of the Mughal Empire (1989)

Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (2010)