James George Stavridis (born February 15, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral and the current dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a graduate school for international affairs. Stavridis serves as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News in New York. He is also chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Stavridis graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976. While in the Navy, Stavridis served as the commander, U.S. Southern Command (2006 to 2009) and commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2009 to 2013). the first Navy officer to have held these positions. Stavridis earned a Ph.D and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize.
Stavridis retired from the Navy in 2013 after thirty-seven years of service and became dean of The Fletcher School in the summer 2013. His book The Accidental Admiral, describing his time in the Navy, was published in October 2014. His book “The Leader’s Bookshelf,” published in 2017, describing the top 50 books that inspire better leadership was a #1 best seller in Amazon’s “Literary Bibliography and Indexes” category. A second book published in 2017 is called “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, published by Penguin Press. Shortly after publication, “Sea Power” was Amazon.com’s number one bestseller in the national security and naval/military history categories. It opened at #9 on the Washington Post non-fiction bestseller list. He is an associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
He was considered as a potential vice-presidential running mate by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 and as a possible U.S. Secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump in the fall of 2016.