Richard H. Shultz is Lee E. Dirks Professor of International Politics and director of the International Security Studies Program. He has held three chairs: Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security, U.S. Military Academy; Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow, Naval War College; and Brigadier General Oppenheimer Chair of War-fighting Strategy, U.S. Marine Corps. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as a security consultant to various U.S. government agencies concerned with national security.

He published in the academic year 2013 a book on the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2004-2008 counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq titled, "The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight to Defeat al Qaeda in Iraq." He has recently published with Dr. Querine Hanlon of United States Institute of Peace a study focused on designing a new U.S. approach to Security Sector Reform that draws on existing theory and international practice, as well as U.S. experience, to identify flexible tools for addressing dysfunctional security sectors in fragile states. The study was published as a book in the spring of 2016 by the United States Institute of Peace under the title "Prioritizing Security Sector Reform: A New U.S. Policy."

Other recent books include "Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat" (Columbia University Press, 2006; 2009 Paperback). Recent articles include “A QDR for all Seasons,” Joint Forces Quarterly (September 2010) and “The Sources of Instability in the Twenty-First Century," (Summer 2011). 
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