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Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies
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Dr. John R. Deni joined the Strategic Studies Institute in November 2011 as a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies. He previously worked for eight years as a political advisor for senior U.S. military commanders in Europe. Prior to that, he spent two years as a strategic planner specializing in the military-to-military relationship between the United States and its European allies. While working for the U.S. military in Europe, Dr. Deni was also an adjunct lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Political Science – there, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign and security policy, NATO, European security, and alliance theory and practice. Before working in Germany, Dr. Deni spent seven years in Washington, DC as a consultant specializing in national security issues for the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and State. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Deni completed his undergraduate degree in history and international relations at the College of William & Mary. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in U.S. foreign policy at American University in Washington, DC, and a doctoral degree in international affairs at George Washington University. He is the author most recently of the book Alliance Management and Maintenance: Restructuring NATO for the 21st Century, as well as several journal articles. He has published op-eds in major newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun, and he has spoken at conferences and symposia throughout Europe and North America.
Authored by Dr. John R. Deni.
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The January 2012 announcement that the United States would reduce the number of Brigade Combat Teams in Europe captured media, popular, and scholarly attention, prompting many to ask: Is the United States turning its back on Europe as it pivots to Asia? Do the Europeans have the wherewithal to defend themselves? Are forward-based U.S. land forces necessary at all? Given the necessity of capable, interoperable coalition partners for the future security threats Washington most expects to encounter, the role of America’s forward military presence in Europe remains as vital as it was at the dawn of the Cold War, but for different reasons. Dr. Deni’s monograph forms a critical datapoint in the ongoing dialogue regarding the future of American Landpower.