Dr. Chris Marsh

Dr. Chris Marsh

Director, Center for Strategic Research Department of Strategic Studies, Joint Special Operations University, USSOCOM (Confirmed)
Dr. Marsh is Director of the Center for Strategic Research at the Joint Special Operations University, USSOCOM, where he conducts research on global special operations forces with a particular focus on Russian SOF, including strategy and foreign policy.  He also serves as the president of the Special Operations Research Association and editor of Special Operations Journal, published by Routledge. Prior to joining JSOU, Marsh was a Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). Before that, Dr. Marsh taught irregular warfare, global terrorism, and COIN at the US Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Florida. From 1999-2011 Dr. Marsh taught at Baylor University, moving up the ranks from assistant professor to full professor. Dr. Marsh holds the Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut, in addition to having completed graduate study at Moscow State University. He conducted much of his dissertation research at the Russian Academy of Science, and later was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. Dr. Marsh was also a visiting fellow at Tsinghua University (Beijing) in 2001, where he conducted research on political and social change in China. Dr. Marsh is the author of five books, including Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors, and Sectors, co-authored with Nikolas Gvosdev of the Naval War College. Dr. Marsh has also published more than 70 journal articles and chapters in edited collections, as well as editing – with Ruslan Pukhov – Elite Warriors: Special Operations Forces from Around the World. He is currently writing a book on Great Power Competition.

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