The Institute of World Politics is pleased to announce that Dr. Mackubin Thomas Owens will join the school as Dean starting in summer 2015. Dr. Owens, who recently retired as a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, will also teach IWP 628 Military Strategy: An Overview of the Theorists of Warfare this spring.
“Dr. Owens is one of America’s most prominent strategic thinkers,” commented IWP founder and president John Lenczowski. “He has served our country with distinction on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and as a professor at the U.S. Naval War College. As a scholar-practitioner, he fits the ideal profile of an IWP faculty member. It will be a great gift to our school to have him as such an important part of our community.”
Dr. Owens is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia and is the Editor of Orbis, one of the most prominent journals on international relations and U.S. foreign policy. A prolific writer and regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Owens has served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal.
He has also served as Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research at the Naval War College.
He earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.