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James S. Robbins is Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and a weekly opinion columnist for USA Today. He is an award-winning former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times, author, political commentator and professor, with expertise in national security, foreign and military affairs, military history, and American politics.

Dr. Robbins’ books include The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero (Amazon #2 in Military Biography), Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism and the New American Identity (Amazon #1 in Nationalism), This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive (Amazon #1 in American Military History and Vietnam War History) and Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point.

Dr. Robbins has appeared on hundreds of national and international television and radio programs, including on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and CSPAN among others. His articles and commentaries have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal,

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The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, U.S. News and World Report, and many other journalistic and scholarly publications. He has spoken before numerous government, academic and other audiences. Dr. Robbins was also featured in the award-winning documentary “Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68.”

During his 10 years of government service Dr. Robbins was the Director of the U.S. Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, Professor of International Relations at the National Defense University, and Associate Professor of International Relations at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.

Dr. Robbins’ awards include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Division A, First Place award for editorial writing, and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award.

Dr. Robbins holds a PhD and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude with High Honors in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

James S. Robbins's Full Columns

The NFL is Kneecapping Itself

In the history of bad business decisions, the NFL’s choice to back sideline protestors who kneel during the national anthem should rank right up there NBC and CBS passing on Monday Night Football in 1970 and handing that gold-mine of a franchise to ABC. But since this most recent blunder … 8 227

From Confederates to Columbus: It’s Not About Statues

How did we get from plans to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee in Virginia to a proposal to remove the Christopher Columbus monument in New York? If you are a liberal activist, the issues are one in the same. When President Trump said that there were “some … 0 142

Donald Trump Jr. was within his rights to meet with Russian lawyer

What if there had been truly damaging information about Hillary Clinton? Any journalist would invoke the public’s right to know. The saying in the Watergate days was that “it’s not the crime but the cover-up.” These days, you don’t need a crime or a cover-up to trigger outsized political outrage, … 0 55

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