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James Kraska

James Kraska

Dr. James Kraska is a Senior Fellow at CNSL, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College, where he previously served as Howard S. Levie Chair in International Law from 2008-13. He is a veteran of two decades of service as a Navy JAG officer, and previously served as Director of Treaty Negotiations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he led armed forces policy laws of war, arms control, and nonproliferation, and headed the Pentagon delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with Russia in 2007. A leading authority on maritime terrorism and maritime piracy, Commander Kraska is the author or co-author of numerous law journal and peer-reviewed articles, and six books, including International Maritime Security Law (2013)and Piracy: International Law, Strategy and Diplomacy (2010). He helped draft UN Security Council Resolution 1816 on Somali piracy and prepared U.S. guidance used in detention of captured piracy suspects. Dr. Kraska has been involved with international negotiations with more than fifty countries, including Proliferation Security Initiative counter-proliferation treaties. In 2011 he was awarded the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement from the U.S. Navy League.  He earned both the LL.M. and SJD degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law. Publications list ~ More Information