Paolo G. Tripodi, Ph.D.

Professor of Ethics/Head of Ethics Branch
Lejeune Leadership Institute

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 432-4832
Areas of Interest: Military Ethics


Ph.D. International Relations, Nottingham Trent University, UK
M.A. International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
Post graduate diploma in journalism, Free University of International Social Studies, Rome
B.A. Political Science, University of Messina, Italy


Paolo Tripodi is Professor of Ethics and Ethics Branch Head at the Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University, MCU. He served as Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of Regional Studies at the Marine Corps War College. From 2003 to 2009 he was the MCU Donald Bren Chair of Ethics and Leadership. In 2002 he served as an Ethics fellow at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. From 1999 to 2003 Dr Tripodi was a Professor of Defense Studies and the Director of the Defense Studies program at the Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. From 1997 to 1999 he was a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at the Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. Dr Tripodi trained as an infantry officer and received his commission with the Italian Carabinieri upon graduation from the School of Infantry and Cavalry in Cesano, and the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome, Italy.


Dr Tripodi is the editor with LtCol Connelley, USMC of Aspects of Leadership: Ethics, Law and Spirituality (Marine Corps University Press, 2012). He is the editor with Dr. Wolfendale of New Wars and New Soldiers. Military Ethics in the Contemporary World (Ashgate 2011). He is the author of The Colonial Legacy in Somalia (Macmillan 1999) and of several refereed articles some of which were published in Marine Corps University Journal, The Journal of Military Ethics, International Journal on World Peace, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Security Dialogue, International Peacekeeping, Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Medicine, Conflict and Survival", “International Relations, and The Journal of Strategic Studies. Dr Tripodi’s chapters have appeared in several books.


Dr Tripodi is a graduate in Political Science, University of Messina, Italy. He holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from the Free University of International Social Studies, Rome, Italy. He holds a MA in International Relations from University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a PhD in International Relations from the Nottingham Trent University, UK.


Selected Publications


Marines at War: Stories from Afghanistan and Iraq edited with LtCol Kelly Frushour, Marine Corps University Press 2016.  

Aspects of Leadership: Ethics, Law and Spirituality edited with LtCol Carroll Connelley, Marine Corps University Press 2012.  

New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World edited with Jessica Wolfendale, Ashgate 2011.  

The Colonial Legacy in Somalia, Rome and Mogadishu from Colonial Administration to Operation Restore Hope.  London, Macmillan, 1999.

Refereed Journal Articles

"Automation and the Future of Command and Control. The End of Auftragstaktik?" with Rosario  Simonetti, Journal of Advanced Military Studies Vol. 11 (1), 2020

"Behavioral Ethics The Missing Piece of an Integrative Approach to Military Ethics" with David Todd, Marine Corps University Journal, Vol. 9 (1), 2018.

"Casualties of Their Own Success: The 2011 Urination Incident in Afghanistan"  with David Todd,Parameters Vol. 47 (3), 2017

"Fit for Command: Leadership Attributes for PSO–COIN Operations" with Ivo Moerman, Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 9 (2), 2015

"Etica e Soldati di Pace" Bioetica e Cultura, Vol XXII, (1), 2013

"Stopping Atrocities: Field Commanders' Moral Responsibility in Srebrenica and Rwanda", Marine Corps University Journal, Vol. 4, (1), 2013,

“Douhet's antagonist: Amedeo Mecozzi's alternative Vision of Air Power”, with Rodolfo Sganga and Wray R. Johnson, Air Power History, Summer 2011.

“Soldiers’ Moral Responsibility in Peace Support Operations”, International Journal on World Peace, Vol. XXV (1) 2008.

“Peacekeepers, HIV and the Role of Masculinity in Military Behavior,” With Preeti Patel, International Peacekeeping, Vol. 14 (5) 2007.

“Peacekeepers, Moral Autonomy, and the Use of Force,” The Journal of Military Ethics, Vol. 5 (3) 2006.

“When Peacekeepers Fail, Thousands Are Going to Die.  The ETO in Rwanda: a Story of Deception.”  Small Wars & InsurgenciesVol. 17 (2) 2006.

“Whatever Happens to Somalia… Ignoring it is No Longer an Option,” with Grady Belyeu.  Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement.  Vol. 13 (3) 2005.

“Haiti: La Encrucijada de Una Intervención Latinoamericana,” with Andres Villar.  Revista Fuerzas Armadas y SociedadVol. 19 (1) 2005.

“La misión de Haití desde la mantención hacia la imposición de la paz. Nuevos desafíos para los cascos azules chilenos.”  Revista Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad, Vol. 18, (1-2) 2004.

“HIV/AIDS, Peacekeeping and Conflict Crises in Africa,” with Preeti Patel.  Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 20, (3) 2004.

“The complexities of peacekeeping: an initial discussion on peacekeepers' ethical challenges with some consideration of training and mindset.”  Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement, Vol. 10, (3) 2004, [late publication (2001)]. 

“General Matthei's revelation and Chile's role during the Falklands War: a New Perspective on the Conflict in the South Atlantic.”  Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 26, (4) 2003.

“Peacekeepers of the twenty-first century: a comparison between professional soldiers and draftee in peace support operations.”  Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 14, (2) 2003.

“Operation ‘Alba’: a necessary and successful preventive deployment.”  International Peacekeeping, Vol. 9, (4) 2002.

“The global impact of HIV/AIDS on peace support operations,” with Preeti Patel.  International Peacekeeping, Vol. 9, (3) 2002.

“Una Cultura Militar para las Operaciones de Paz. El Caso Italiano.”  Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. XXII, (1) 2002.

“Mission Impossible: Peacekeeping Dilemmas in the Horn of Africa,” with Preeti Patel.  African Review of Foreign Policy, Vol. 3, (2) 2001.

“Los Medios de Comunicación y la Migración: el Caso de Albania.”  Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. XXI, (1) 2001.

“Peacekeeping: Let the Conscripts do the Job.”  Security Dialogue, Vol. 32, (2) 2001.

“Review Article: Researching Italian Colonialism.”  Political Geography, Vol. 19, (1) 2000.

“Conscripts and Humanitarian Intervention: An Italian Perspective.” International Relations, Vol. 14, (6) 1999.

“Italian Administration and Somalia’s Troubled Independence.”  The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 32, (2-3) 1999.

“Italy and Somalia: a Singular Relationship. International Relations, Vol. 14, (1) 1998.

“The Italian Intervention in Albania: Diplomacy and Deployment.”  The Asian Journal of International Studies, Vol. 1, (1) 1997.

“Italy and the Humanitarian Intervention in Somalia.”  The Journal for Contemporary History.  Vol. 22, (2) 1997.

“Arsenali Nucleari Virtuali un modello per contenere la proliferazione.”  Energia Ambiente e Innovazione. April, n 4, Year 42, 1996.

“Non-Proliferazione e Sistema Internazionale.”  Energia Ambiente e Innovazione.  Aug/Sept, n 8/9 Year 41, 1995.

“Informazione Scientifica e Integrazione Europea.”  Energia Ambiente e Innovazione, May, n 5, year 41, 1995.

Refereed Book Chapters

“Core Values and Combat Leadership in the Counterinsurgency Environment: The United States Marine Corps Model” with Carroll Connelley, in Henrik Furst and Gerhard Kummel (eds) Core Values and the Expeditionary Mindset: Armed Forces in Metamorphosis, Baden Baden, Nomos, 2011.

“When Ordinary Men do Evil: Lessons From My Lai and Beyond” in Juha Mäkinen and Juha Tuominen (eds) Military Pedagogical Reflection (Finnish Title Toimintakykyä Kehittämässä) National Defense University, Helsinki, 2010

“Understanding atrocities: what commanders can do to prevent them” in David Whetham (ed) Ethics, Law and Military Operations, London: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010.

 “Peacekeeping, HIV/AIDS, and Global Security Implications,” with Preeti Patel in Robert L. Ostergard (ed.) HIV, Aids and the Threat to National and International SecurityLondon:  Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2007.

“Spirituality and Leadership in the Marine Corps,” with Dan Yaroslaski in Edward D. Hess and Kim S. Cameron (eds.), Leading with ValuesNew York:  Cambridge University Press, 2006.

“The Collapse of Albania and a Different Type of Warlord: Criminal Gangs,” in Paul B. Rich (ed), Warlords and International Relations.  London:  Macmillan, 1999.

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