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Benjamin Jensen

International Relations

Dr. Benjamin M. Jensen’s teaching and research explore the changing character of political violence and strategy. He holds a dual appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College and as a Scholar-in-Residence at American University, School of International Service. At Marine Corps University, he runs the Advanced Studies Program. The program integrates student research with long-range studies on future warfighting concepts and competitive strategies in the U.S. defense and intelligence communities. At SIS, Dr. Jensen is the Program Coordinator for the Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution undergraduate thematic area. His book, Forging the Sword: U.S. Army Doctrine, 1975-2010, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2015. His second book, Complex Dependence: Crisis and Coercion in a Globalized World, is currently under development with Georgetown University Press. Dr. Jensen has received grants and research support from the Minerva Initiative, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Smith Richardson Foundation and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (French National Center for Scientific Research). He is an alumnus of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Basin Harbor Workshop, the Bridging the Gap Initiative and the American Academy for Strategic Education. Dr. Jensen has written opinion pieces on the changing character of war for the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, Al-Hayat and the Daily Star. His media appearances include BBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, and Canadian Television. Dr. Jensen has also supported multiple U.S. government agencies including contributing to Joint staff studies and war games on transnational threats and great power competition, counterinsurgency doctrine, intelligence community scenarios on the future of Afghanistan, studies on cyber operational art, and red team assessments for the NATO headquarters in Afghanistan. Outside of the military, he is an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves with multiple deployments including Kosovo (2006) and Afghanistan (2011).


PhD and MA, American University; MS, National Defense Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Favorite Spot on Campus
The benches in front of SIS
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(202) 885-1673 (Office)

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