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Douglas E. Streusand

Professor, Marine Corps Command & Staff College
Douglas Streusand

Professor, Marine Corps Command & Staff College


  • Politics and Warfare in the Islamic World
  • Grand Strategy
  • Naval and Military History and Strategy
  • World History

Professional Experience

Douglas E. Streusand is Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College, where he has taught since 2005, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics, where he has taught since 2006.  An Islamic historian by training, his teaching experience encompasses a wide variety of topics in history and security studies.  He has written two books, The Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2010) and The Formation of the Mughal Empire (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989), edited a third, The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2016), and is under contract for a fourth, Seven Myths about Islamic History.  He  has produced numerous articles and reviews, including “Choosing Words Carefully: Vocabulary to Fight Islamic Terrorism,” “Sir Hamilton Gibb, Abu Yusuf, and the Concept of Islamic Civilization,” “Managing the Iranian Threat to Sea Commerce Diplomatically,” “Geopolitics versus Globalization,” and “What Does Jihad Mean.”   He has taught an elective course on maritime strategy at the Command and Staff College since 2014.  His general research interest is politics and warfare in the Islamic world and grand strategy.  He and his wife Esther have two adult daughters and live in Stafford, Virginia with two rescue greyhounds.

  • Professor of International Relations, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA (2005 – Present)
  • Professor, American Military University (1997-2007)
  • Senior Fellow, The Investigative Project of the Middle East (1997-98)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland (1996)
  • Senior Fellow & Director of Greater Middle East Program and the Global Strategy Discussion Program, U.S. Global Strategy Council (1994-95)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Maryland College Park (1993-94)
  • Consultant, National Strategy Information Center (1992)
  • Chairman, Persian Gulf Working Group (1991-94)
  • Consultant, Defense Systems Incorporated (1990)
  • Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (1988-90)


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1987
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1981
  • B.A., Duke University, 1976