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Dr. James Joyner, CSC

Dr. James Joyner, Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, serves as Security Studies Department Head, Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC, and founder and editor of the policy and politics blog Outside the Beltway.

Dr. Joyner has published more than 200 columns for outlets including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Atlantic, The New Republic, War on the Rocks, Defense One, Christian Science Monitor, The Hill,  CNN, NPR, Defense News, World Politics Review, Politico, Reason, Legal Affairs, Human Events, The American Conservative, The New York Daily News, The Washington Examiner, The New Individualist, and TCS Daily and is a regular commentator on world affairs on venues including BBC, NPR, C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. A more-or-less complete listing can be found here.

Prior to joining MCU, Dr. Joyner was Managing Editor of the Atlantic Council from September 2007 to August 2013. Before that, he served as the Managing Editor of Strategic Insights, the professional journal of the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School; a contract management analyst at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); acquisitions editor for international affairs at Brassey’s (now, part of the University of Nebraska Press); and a political science professor at Troy State University, Bainbridge College, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Joyner served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1992 and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous service medals and ribbons. He is a graduate of the Airborne and Air Assault schools.

Dr. Joyner holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Alabama and bachelors and master’s degrees in Political Science from Jacksonville State University. 



Recent Publications:

Why Is H.R. McMaster Pleading For More War?” The National Interest, May 12, 2019.

The Pentagon Is Flubbing Its Pitch to Silicon Valley,” Defense One, May 1, 2019 (with Matthew Bernius).

Does the Military Really Need More Strategists?” War on the Rocks, November 8, 2018.

It’s Not the Military’s Job to Oppose Trump,” The National Interest, November 3, 2018.

Social Media Attacks on Trump Could Put America’s Security at Risk,” The National Interest, August 24, 2018.