October 7, 2010   

Commander James Kraska, JAGC, USN
Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law
International Law Department
Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS‑36)
US Naval War College

Topic:  Maritime Power in the Western Pacific

Commander James Kraska serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He also holds appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and as a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 
Kraska is an interdisciplinary scholar and practitioner who specializes in the intersection between international law and international relations.  His books include a volume on sea power and international law, forthcoming from Oxford University Press and a book on piracy and international law, forthcoming from Praeger Security International. 
As an operational law judge advocate, he completed two operational law assignments with joint and naval task forces, two tours in Japan and four Pentagon major staff assignments, including as Division Chief, International Negotiations Division on the Joint Staff.
He also is author of more than 60 articles and book chapters, which have appeared in law, policy and peer-reviewed journals, including Brown Journal of World Affairs, Yale Journal of International Law, Stanford Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Transnational Law Journal, Survival, Comparative Strategy, Ocean Development & International Law, International Journal of Marine & Coastal Law, World Policy Journal, Columbia Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Defense & Security Analysis, Diplomacy & Statecraft and Current History.  
He also has written articles for the national security community, including articles in Asian Defence Journal, Proceedings (US Naval Institute), Armed Forces Journal, Naval War College Review, Defense News, Joint Force Quarterly, Small Wars Journal, RUSI Journal, Canadian Naval Review and Jane’s Intelligence Digest.
Commander Kraska has delivered presentations or lectured at numerous research institutions, universities and law schools on four continents, including Stanford, Vanderbilt, Harvard, American, Maine, Virginia and George Washington. He has been interviewed for articles in the Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail (Canada), Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among others. He also has appeared as an analyst and commentator on television and radio, including This Week in Defense News, NATO Television, Boston public radio, Al Jazeera, and other local and syndicated media outlets.  
He holds both a research doctorate and professional doctorate in law, having earned a doctor of juridical science (S.J.D) from the University of Virginia and a doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University, Bloomington. Commander Kraska also earned a master's of international law (L.L.M.) from the University of Virginia, master's of arts (M.A.) in defense and foreign policy from Clarement Colleges and a diploma from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College.



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