IWP Professor; Distinguished Fellow, Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare, Marine Corps University; Former Director of Counterterrorism Studies Programs in Asia and Europe for the U.S. Government
Christopher C. Harmon wrote his political science dissertation on terrorism in the early 1980s and continued that work as Legislative Aide for Foreign Policy to a member of Congress and, much later, director of counterterrorism studies programs in Asia and Europe for the U.S. government.
A professor at civilian and military graduate schools including the Naval War College, Dr. Harmon began teaching courses at The Institute of World Politics after 9/11 — on terrorism, and later on counterterrorism. He now serves as a full-time professor at IWP.
Lead author or editor of eight books, he formerly held the Bren Chair of Great Power Competition at Marine Corps University, Quantico VA. He now serves as Distinguished Fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare at Marine Corps University.
- B.A., History, and French Language [double-major; summa cum laude], Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1977.
- M.A. in Government, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 1984.
- Ph.D., International Relations and Government, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 1984.
Dr. Harmon discussed “Terrorism at Munich: Lessons Learned 50 Years On” at IWP in September 2022.
Dr. Harmon spoke at an event on “Countering Islamist Political Extremism by Orchestrating the Instruments of National Power” in August 2020.
Dr. Harmon discussed his book The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda at IWP in December 2017.
- Warfare in Peacetime: Proxies and State Powers
- A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism
- The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda
- Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism
- Terrorism Today
- Statecraft and Power
- A War Studies Classic
- The Books That Churchill Read: The self-education of a statesman
- A Disturbing Parallel: Putin’s aggression and German actions in the late 1930s
- The Timing of Terrorism: The Obsessions with Dates
- Iran as Competitor: Measured, Violent, Relentless