Political Science Department

Associate Professor Dr. Willie Curtis

Dr. Willie Curtis is Associate Professor of International Politics at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Curtis received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware after serving 21 years in the United States Air Force. His first teaching position was at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1983-1989) and then to St. Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota (1989-1992). Dr Curtis accepted his current position at the United States Naval Academy in 1992 and currently teaches Introduction to International Relations, International Conflict and Peace Making, Civil-Military Relations, Senior Capstone Seminar, War, Morality and Nuclear Weapons and Force and World Order in the Twenty-First Century. Dr. Curtis’ research focuses in the areas of Nuclear Deterrence Theory, Nuclear Strategy, International Security Policy and United States Foreign Policy.

Dr. Curtis served as a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on National Security Law for ten years and currently during the 2014 -2016 term. He is also a member of the Advisory Board, Center for National Security Law Institute, at the University of Virginia. Dr Curtis graduated from the  Defense Nuclear Weapons School, Nuclear Weapons Orientation Course (August 3, 2000 and June 20, 2008) and the Defense Nuclear Policy Course (23 April 2008).

Dr. Curtis graduated with highest distinction from the United States Naval War College in June 2000 and the United States Air Force, Air War College in July 2001. Dr. Curtis was awarded a Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Academic Fellowship (May-June, 2005) to participate in an extensive study of terrorism in Israel.

Dr. Curtis has recently completed an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) research project on Strategic Deterrence in the Post-9/11 World Order. He spent the summer (2008) attending the Defense Nuclear Weapons School and received briefings at major USAF, ICBM, Bomber Bases and STRATCOM.

Dr. Curtis has served on the USSTRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group Strategy and Policy Panel as an invited guest member, (2015). 

Dr. Curtis has published the following articles in the areas of nuclear policy, peace operations and U.S foreign policy.

“Illusionary Promises and Strategic Reality: Rethinking the Implications of Strategic Deterrence in a Post-9/11 World,” Chapter 5, in the book, Understanding the Bush Doctrine: Psychology and Strategy in an Age of Terrorism, edited by Stanley A. Renshon and Peter Suedfeld (New York: Routledge, 2007).

“National Missile Defense: A Retreat from Dr. Strangelove or How I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love MAD,” published in the New England Law Review , Volume 36, Number 4, New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, Summer, 2002.

“The Assured Vulnerability Paradigm: Can It Provide A Useful Basis for Deterrence in a World of Strategic Multipolarity,” published in Defense Analysis, Vol. 3, December 2000.

“The Assured Vulnerability Paradigm: Can It Provide A Useful Basis for Deterrence in a World of Strategic Multipolarity,” published in Searching for National Security in an NBC World, edited by James M. Smith, USAF Institute for National Security Studies, July 2000.

“The Grey Zone: The United States and the Illusory Zone Between Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement,” published in the Journal of Conflict Studies, Spring 1998.

“Maneuvering in the Gray Zone: The Gap Between Traditional Peacekeeping and Warfighting: Peacemaking, Peace-Enforcement and Post-Conflict Peace-Building,” published by National Defense University Press, 1994.

“The Inevitable Slide into Coercive Peacemaking: The U.S. Role in the New World Order,” published in Defense Analysis, Vol. 10, No. 3, December 1994.

“The Decline in Relevance of Extended Nuclear Deterrence in United States—European Security,” publish in ViewPoint, 1992.

“Deterrence in a Period of Transition: The Case for Structurally Non-Provocative Strategic Deterrence,” published in Southeastern Political Review, Fall, 1991.

The Midgetman and Strategic Stability,” published in Fall, 1989, Global Affairs.

“The Case for Mobile Missiles, published in Armed Forces and Society, Summer, 1989.


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