Associate Professor Dr. Willie Curtis  

Dr. Willie Curtis is Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Curtis received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 1983 after serving 21 years in the United States Air Force. His first teaching position was at the

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"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock"    -Will Rogers

University of Wisconsin-Parkside (198410-293-1989) and then to St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota (1989-1992). Dr. Curtis accepted his current position at the United States Naval Academy in 1992 and teaches Introduction to International Relations, Civil-Military Relations,  International Conflict and Peace Making, Global Terrorism and Force, Diplomacy and World Order. Dr. Curtis research focus in the areas of Nuclear Deterrence Theory, Nuclear Strategy, International Security Policy and United States Foreign Policy.


Dr. Curtis is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on National Security Law (2004-2007 ) He is also a member of the Advisory Board, Center for National Security Law Institute, at the University of Virginia Law School, Member of the Working Group on Post-Cold War Academic Curriculum on Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc. and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has participated in the RAND Corporation’s program in Simulations on Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Day After: Three Bomb Exercises ) and Consultant to the Department of Defense, Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces regarding Peace Operations. Dr. Curtis graduated from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, Nuclear Weapons Orientation Course, August 3, 2000

Dr. Curtis graduated with highest distinction from the Naval War College in June 2000 and the United States Air Force, Air War College in July 2001. Dr. Curtis graduated from the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education, Summer Institute for College Teaching on June 11, 2004 and completed the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and the Johns Hopkins Center for Strategic Education Program on July 1, 2004. Dr Curtis was awarded a Foundation for the Defense of Democracy(FDD) Academic Fellowship (May-June, 2005) to participate in an extensive study of terrorism in Israel.

Dr. Curtis received the "Distinguished Teacher Award" and the "Outstanding Contribution Award” while a member of the faculty at St. Cloud State University. In April 1996, Dr. Curtis was awarded the University of Delaware’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

Dr. Curtis has also lectured at the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Center, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the United States Perspective on Peacekeeping. Dr. Cutis has given briefings on national security issues to visiting Dag Hammerskjold Journalist from countries of the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe.


  • FP210 Intro to International Relations
  • FP485C Global Terrorism
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