Christopher C. Harmon

Bren Chair on Great Power Competition, Marine Corps University

Professional Experience

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.

Lead author or editor of six books, he holds the Bren Chair of Great Power Competition at Marine Corps University, Quantico VA.


  • 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.


  Military Strategy: Theory and Practice
  Terrorist Advocacy and Propaganda


  Book Lecture: The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda
  Remembering 23 October
  Anarchism & Fire in London: A Centenary
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  The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda
  A Citizen's Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism
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