Chris Hickey

Graduate Fellow

Chris Hickey 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 as part of the U.S. Army War College Professor Ph.D. Program.  His dissertation will explore the sources of Russian Federation behavior related to the Baltic States and the policy and strategy implications of the findings.  

A U.S. Army Colonel, he currently serves as the Director of Joint Operations Planning and a Faculty Instructor for the core course in Theater Strategy and Campaigning at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 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 taught strategy, doctrine and transformation related electives as well as core military classes at the United States Military Academy at West Point. As a Strategist, he served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe as a strategic and operational planner and 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, NATO Defence College and a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in International Studies, 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, and 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.