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Colonel Joseph R. Nunez

Adjunct Research Professor
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Photo Joseph R. Núñez, a retired U.S. Army colonel, assigned as an adjunct research professor to the Strategic Studies Institute. A cum laude graduate of St. Lawrence University, he holds the M.A. in Government and a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. With over 29 years of military service, Colonel Núñez commanded at the company and battalion level in both heavy and light divisions, taught Political Science at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) from 1989 to 1992, and deployed to Haiti in 1994 with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) for Operations Restore and Uphold Democracy. Before joining SSI, Colonel Núñez taught in the Department of National Security & Strategy, U.S. Army War College, from 2001 to 2006. His recent publications include "Canada's Global Role: A Strategic Assessment of its Military Power" in Parameters (2004), two Strategic Studies Institute monographs, A 21st Century Security Architecture for the Americas: Multilateral Cooperation, Liberal Peace, and Soft Power, 2002 (also published in Military Review in Spanish and Portuguese in 2003) and Fighting the Trinity in Colombia: A New Strategy for Peace, 2001, (also published in Aerospace Power Journal) and several Op-Ed pieces including The Financial Times: "Renew the Security Framework for the Americas," 8 February 2005, and The Christian Science Monitor titled "Homeland and Hemisphere," 20 December 2001. Major newspapers, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Miami Herald, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and El Financiero cite Colonel Núñez for his expertise on security and defense cooperation and other political-military issues in the Western Hemisphere. His presentations on various topics within the Americas include U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, Department of National Defence (Canada), St. Antony's College (Oxford University), University of New Mexico, Dickinson College, Queen's University (Canada), Virginia State University, Army Command & General Staff College, ECEME (Brazilian Army Staff College), the U.S. Military Academy, and senior government officials from numerous countries throughout the Americas.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel Joseph R. Nunez

  • A 21st Century Security Architecture for the Americas: Multilateral Cooperation, Liberal Peace, and Soft Power

    August 01, 2002

    Authored by Colonel Joseph R. Nunez.
    This monograph is a constructive response to the question of "How can the United States best develop security cooperation within the Americas?" The author develops the necessary background to make the persuasive argument that it is time for the United States to employ strategic restraint and reassurance of allies to develop a new security architecture that is effective and efficient, not to mention reflective of our values and interests.

  • Fighting the Hobbesian Trinity in Colombia: A New Strategy for Peace

    April 01, 2001

    Authored by Colonel Joseph R. Nunez.
    After introducing what he calls the Hobbesian trinity, the author discusses alternatives to intervention and notes the complexity of the human rights challenge. He suggests a new strategy for improving human security, government accountability, democratic reform, and peace prospects. The author argues that the current approach is heading the wrong way, moving away from peace and fomenting greater instability.