About the Speaker
Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
Admiral James Stavridis is a retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy who led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security. Subsequently, he served for five years as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Earlier in his naval career, he also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet level position in the Trump Administration.
As a naval officer, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published eight books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over a million hits across the internet, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He is currently an operating executive of The Carlyle Group, the international private equity firm and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates, an international consulting firm. His focus is on cybersecurity, geopolitics wth an emphasis on US China relations, NATO, innovation, strategic communications and leadership.