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John T. Fishel


Emeritus Professor from National Defense University
Farzaneh Hall, Room 318
Phone: (405) 325-2667

John T. Fishel, Lecturer in the Department of International and Area Studies of the University of Oklahoma, is Professor Emeritus from the National Defense University, was Professor of National Security Policy and Research Director at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies of the National Defense University from December 1997 until August 2006. He is also Professor Emeritus (Adjunct) from the School of International Service of American University.

He has specialized in security and defense policy as well as Latin American affairs throughout his career focusing on issues of national development and stability operations of various kinds. He has written extensively on civil military operations and peacekeeping and is the editor of Capacity Building for Peacekeeping: The Case of Haiti (2007), author (with Max G. Manwaring) of Uncomfortable Wars Revisited (2006), Civil Military Operations in the New World (1997) and the editor and co-author of “The Savage Wars of Peace:” Toward a New Paradigm of Peace Operations (1998), and with Walter E. Kretchik and Robert F. Baumann the author of Invasion, Intervention, “Intervasion” (1997) (a study of the Haiti peacekeeping operation of 1994-95). 

He is a past president of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS) and a former president of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA). Dr. Fishel has also served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the US Army School of the Americas. 

While he was on active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army he served in the United States Southern Command where he was, successively, Chief of the Civic Action Branch of the Directorate of Policy, Strategy, and Plans (J5), Chief of Research and Assessments of the Small Wars Operations Research Directorate (SWORD), Chief of the Policy and Strategy Division of the J5, and Deputy Chief of the US Forces Liaison Group. Concurrent with the latter position he served as Special Assistant to the Commander, US Military Support Group-Panama and to the Commander, US Army-South. 

Between 1992 and 1997 Dr. Fishel was a Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he specialized in the study of strategy. From 1971 to 1986 he was Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. Dr. Fishel received his Ph.D. in Political and Administrative Development from Indiana University in 1971, his M.A. in Political Science, also from Indiana in 1967, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College in International Relations in 1964. 

Dr. Fishel is also a competitive racewalker and participates in races from 5k to the Marathon. He was a finisher in the 2004 New York City Marathon and recently has chose to specialize in the Half Marathon. Dr. Fishel, his wife, and daughter live on their Rancho La Espada near Blanchard with their two German Shepherds, a cat, and two horses.