James Stavridis

James Stavridis | PepTalk Expert Speaker
James Stavridis | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Retired Four-Star U.S. Naval Officer, Dean
Gain insights into global security and diplomacy, and navigate the challenges of leadership with Admiral James Stavridis, speaker, retired four-star U.S. naval officer, and dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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James Stavridis | Speaker Biography

Admiral James Stavridis (born 15th February 1955) is a retired four-star US naval officer with notable achievements in academia and military leadership. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Stavridis attended the United States Naval Academy before embarking on a distinguished military career spanning three decades.

In his early military career, Stavridis commanded various ships and squadrons, earning awards such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and Legion of Merit. He also held positions as commander of US Southern Command and US European Command, making him the first Navy officer to do so. During this time, he oversaw NATO's global operations, including Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security.

After retiring from the Navy in 2013, Stavridis became the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, stepping down in August 2018. He has since joined The Carlyle Group as Partner and Vice Chair, Global Affairs, and serves as the chair of the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. Additionally, Stavridis is the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York and holds academic titles, including being a Bloomberg opinion columnist and a senior fellow at Harvard University.

Stavridis is also an author, having published thirteen books and thousands of articles in leading journals worldwide. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have been translated into 22 languages. One of his TED talks on global security has garnered over one million views. Despite facing adversity, including being sanctioned by the Kremlin for his opposition to Vladimir Putin's regime, Stavridis remains dedicated to his work and continues to make significant contributions in his field.

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