James S. Robbins

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James S. Robbins
Dr. James S. Robbins
Born 1962
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Cinncinnati
Tufts University

James S. Robbins (born 1962) is a commentary writer for USA Today and Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs on the American Foreign Policy Council.[1] He is the award-winning[2] former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times, an author, political commentator and professor, with an expertise in national security, and foreign and military affairs.[1][3][4] He also served as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.[5]

His books include The Real Custer: from Boy General to Tragic Hero (2014), Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the New American Identity (2013), This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (2010) and Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point (2006). He is also a political commentator and contributing editor for National Review Online.

Early life and education[edit]

Robbins was born in 1962. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.) and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.[6]


Robbins taught at The Fletcher School, Boston University, Marine Corps University, National Defense University, and other schools.[1] Robbins served in the federal government for ten years, including as special assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2001, Robbins was a professor of International Relations at the National Defense University.[7]

In 2007, Robbins was appointed Director of the Intelligence Community Center at Trinity Washington University.[8] In 2008, he was selected as Program Chair of the Master of Arts in International Security Studies at Trinity Washington.[9]

In 2009, Robbins was appointed Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times, where he worked until November 2012.

From April to August 2013, Robbins served as Deputy Editor of Rare, a conservative web site that is part of the Cox Media Group.

In 2013 Robbins joined the USA Today board of contributors[10] and is a US News contributor as well.[11]

In addition to writing three books[clarification needed], he has written frequent articles for the National Review, the Washington Times, and a variety of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, and The Boston Herald. He is a frequent commentator on national and international television and radio.

Robbins is Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. He serves on the Advisory Board of the National Civil War Museum.



  • “Afghanistan: Back To Basics,” in The Journal of International Security Affairs no. 15, Fall 2008, pp. 79–88.
  • “Custer: The Goat at West Point and at War,” in Custer and His Times: Book Five, John P. Hart (ed), LaGrange Park, IL: Little Big Horn Associates (2008).
  • “Dangerous Deterrence,” in Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic, Ilan Berman (ed), Washington: Rowman & Littlefield (2007).
  • “Insurgent Seizure of an Urban Area: Grozny, 1996,” in Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives, Volume III, James J.F. Forest (ed), McGraw Hill (2006).
  • “Battlefronts in the War of Ideas,” in Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives, Volume I, James J.F. Forest (ed), McGraw Hill (2006).
  • “Iraq,” in Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism, Derek Reveron (ed), New York: Routledge Publishers (2006).
  • “Contemporary Operational-Level War Fighting” – a review of Nicholas E. Reynolds, Basrah, Baghdad, and Beyond: The U.S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War, Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2005, in the Naval War College Review, Spring 2006, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 157–161.
  • “Soft Targets: Hard Choices,” in Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets, James J.F. Forest (ed), Westport, CT: Praeger Security International (2006).
  • "Al-Qaeda Versus Democracy," Journal of International Security Affairs No. 9 (Fall 2005).
  • “Terrorism, the Media, and Homeland Security,” in Homeland Security: Controlling the New Security Environment, Howard, Moore and Forest (eds), Guilford, CT: McGraw Hill Publishers (2005).
  • “Defeating Networked Terrorism,” in Defeating Terrorism: Shaping the New Security Environment, Howard and Sawyer (eds.), Guilford, CT: McGraw Hill Publishers (2004).
  • “Central Command: Tip of the Spear” in America’s Viceroys: The Military and U.S. Foreign Policy, Derek Reveron (ed.), New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers (2004).
  • “Bin Laden’s War,” in Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment, Howard and Sawyer (eds.), Guilford, CT: McGraw Hill Publishers (2003).

Legacy and honors[edit]

  • Robbins is the recipient of the 2010 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association first place award for editorial writing.[12]
  • In 2011, he was awarded the Washington Times Excellence in Achievement award.[citation needed]
  • In 2007, he was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award.[1]
  • In 2001, he was awarded the U.S. Department of State, Secretary’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "American Foreign Policy Council - Experts » James S. Robbins". www.afpc.org. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "James S. Robbins". Political Vanguard. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "James S. Robbins". National Review. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "National Security Expert James S. Robbins to Lecture on West Point – Alexander Hamilton Institute". theahi.org. Alexander Hamilton Institute. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Forest, James J. F. (2007). "Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives". Google Books. Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kofi Annan - Center of the Storm. Debate. Bio | PBS". www.thirteen.org. PBS. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "2001 - 2002". 2001-2009.state.gov. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dr. James Robbins Named New Intelligence Center Director", Media Relations: June 2007, 27 Jun 2007, accessed 7 Dec 2010
  9. ^ James S. Robbins, 2008–2009 Academic Catalog, Trinity Washington University, accessed 7 Dec 2010
  10. ^ "James S. Robbins". USA TODAY. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "James S. Robbins Opinion Contributor". US News & World Report. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Harper, Jennifer. "Times staffers win nine regional journalism awards". The Washington Times. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 

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