James Nathan is Khalid bin Sultan Eminent Scholar, Auburn University at Montgomery. He is a former Foreign Service officer and the author of seven books and more than 80 academic articles. He has written over one hundred articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The LA Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and other popular publications. Dr. Nathan has also held senior posts at the Naval War College, Army War College, the University of Delaware and Johns Hopkins. He recently was Senior Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Beijing at China's most senior diplomatic institution (The Foreign Affairs University of China), and SyCip Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Manila. He has been a senior Distinguished Fulbright Professor in Australia and a Fulbright Alumni Fellow in Beijing, and program director of the State Department's Asian leadership course in Hong Kong.
Dr. Nathan's latest book, Soldiers, Statecraft and History won the "Choice" award for the best academic book on international policy in 2003. His texts and scholarly works are widely used in graduate and undergraduate courses across America. One work, U.S. Foreign Policy and World Order, was cited by Foreign Affairs as the best book on U.S. foreign policy since World War II. Another recent book, Anatomy of the Cuban Missile Crisis, was termed "mandatory reading for policy makers" by the Washington Post. Dr. Nathan's book on U.S. naval policy won the Furness award for the best book on military strategy. Dr. Nathan teaches graduate courses in political science and international policy at AUM. His students are largely associated with the American and overseas military programs. Dr. Nathan is a former NATO fellow, a National Science Foundation Fellow, National Academy of Sciences Fellow, and a Spencer Foundation Fellow. He also is a frequent participant in "track 2" diplomatic undertakings, including missions to North Korea, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere. He is the founding executive director of the Alabama World Affairs Council, a board member of the World Affairs Councils of America, and a “life member" of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has lectured world-wide to civilian, military, and intelligence audiences under the auspices of the Department of State, the Fulbright program, and host governments in dozens of countries on every continent except Antarctica. Dr. Nathan's diplomatic career began in Latin America, and later took him to Europe and Asia. His specialization and training was political/military affairs.
Seven books on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy (Johns Hopkins University Press; Little, Brown; Indiana University Press; and Harper Collins). U.S. Foreign Policy and World Order cited by Foreign Affairs as the "finest book available on U.S. foreign policy since World War II." Book on The Cuban Missile Crisis cited by the Washington Post as "mandatory reading for policymakers at all levels." Book on U.S. naval strategy awarded the Furness Prize for the Best Book on military affairs. Most recent book, Soldiers, Statecraft, and History (Praeger, 2003) won the American Library Association's Choice Award for the Outstanding Academic Book in International Relations. 70 + scholarly articles on international politics and strategy, in Foreign Policy, World Politics, Virginia Quarterly, International Relations, Military Affairs, etc. 40 + articles in popular publications: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Washington Monthly, USA Today, Foreign Service Journal, etc.
1991 – Present: Khalid bin Sultan Eminent Scholar
Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama
1992 – Present: Executive Director, Alabama World Affairs Council
Senior (full) professor: University of Delaware
Visiting Senior appointments: Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), The Army War College, The Navy War College
Career officer, the U.S. Foreign Service, Department of State, Washington D.C.
Honors and Awards
Arthur Ross Book Award Nominating Committee: 2009 - 2012; Council on Foreign Relations, 2009; Member of the National Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of America; Thomas Jefferson Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Social Studies, 2007 [Declined]; Consultant to the Secretary of the Navy, 1979, and to the Secretary of Defense, 1979; USIA "Ampart" (1981, 82, 87, 88, 1999 - 2000); U.S. State Department Visitor's Program, 1999 - 2000; Program Director, Department of State All-Asia Leadership Program, Hong Kong, August 2002; Director, Fulbright-Hunter Auburn Program in Beijing, Summer 2002 – 2004; Fulbright Alumni Award, Beijing, 2002 - 2004 (Summer); Center for Advanced Research, Fellow (Navy War College, 1979 - 1980); “Records of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1941-1972, Manuscript Collection Number: 263, 4 linear feet: Correspondence, minutes, publications, clippings, and microfilm; Antiwar pressure groups, the Bertrand Russell, and British nuclear policy, 1980; Founding Consultant to Salomon Bros. Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Risk Analysis Program, mid-1980s; Chief Author of International Standards in Civic Education, Center for Civic Education, Department of Education, 1990 - 1994; National Commission of Educational Standards (Board Member), 1995 - 1997; Consultant, Nippon Hoso Kyoka I (NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation); Life Member (since 1980) of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York); Former Board Member, World Affairs Council of America; Editorial Board, USA Today; Founding Board Member, Diplomatic Studies Association; Johns Hopkins Fellow; NDEA Fellow; Locker Fellow; NATO Fellow, 1982 - 1985; "Track Two" Diplomatic Undertakings in North Korea, October 2005, Iran, Spring 1997; Morocco, 1995; IPA Fellow, Army War College, 1983-85; Center for Advanced Research Fellow (Navy War College); University Foundation Fellow; University of Maryland; etc.
Senior Visiting Appointments
Senior Distinguished Fulbright Professor, Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, (1999 – 2000); SyCip Distinguished Senior Fulbright, Manila, (2004); University of Delaware (1971 – 1990); Bilkent (1998), Ankara, Turkey (1998); University of New South Wales (1987); Senior Fulbright Professor, Curtin University Center for Indian Ocean Studies, Perth, Australia (1987 – 1988); Business Consultant, “Business Forum”; Investment Survey and Country Analysis for Salomon Bros, South America and the Caribbean Basin, (1986 – 1987); Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) (1986); Army War College (1983 – 1985); Research Associate, Columbia University (1980 – 1983); University of Adelaide (1982); Visiting Professor, American University (1979); Guest Scholar Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, (1979); Scholar-in-Residence, Naval War College Center for Advanced Research; Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (1976 - 1978); United States Foreign Service Officer Publications (1966 – 1972);