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Christopher John Hickey

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Colonel Chris Hickey currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair of Joint Military Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He teaches Introduction to Strategic Studies, Military Strategy and Campaigning, and is an instructor for the Joint Warfighting Advanced Studies Program. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Policy Studies with specializations in International Security Policy and International Economic Policy at University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. His dissertation develops and applies a Design Thinking approach to formulating and testing explanations for Russian Federation choices about the use of military force.

He served as an Infantry Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 3rd Infantry Division with deployments to Korea, Haiti, and Iraq. He then taught strategy, doctrine, and transformation related courses at the United States Military Academy at West Point. As a Functional Area 59 Strategist, he served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe as a strategic planner and as a strategy, plans, and assessment trainer within a variety of U.S., multi-national, and NATO organizations.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the NATO Defence College and a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Hickey holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in International Studies. He holds a Master in Public Policy with a policy area concentration in International Security and Political Economy and a methodological concentration in Markets and Markets Analysis from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His research and service interests include the theory and practice of policy and strategy, Europe, NATO, the Baltic States, Russia, economic statecraft, political psychology, game theory, behavioral economics, cognitive science, and the quantitative and qualitative analysis of conflict outcomes.

Areas of Interest
  • International Security
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