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Douglas A. Borer
Associate Professor
Mail Code: DA/
Department of Defense Analysis
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2117
Email: daborer (at)
PhD - Boston Universisty, 1993
MA - University of Montana, 1988
BA - Ripon College, 1985
  • Associate Professor
  • Visiting Professor of Political Science, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. 2003 - 2004.
  • Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. 2002 - 2003.
  • Director of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2002- 2004.
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2002.
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Strategic and Security Studies Unit, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia National University). Kuala Lumpur, May-October. 1998.
  • Director of Post-Graduate Studies, Department of History/Politics, University of the South Pacific, 1993-94.
  • National Security and Strategy
  • Comparative Foreign Policy
  • War and Political Legitimacy
  • Asian Politics
  • War and Political Legitimacy
  • Economic Statecraft
  • Strategy and Systems
  • Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College, 2004.
  • Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, 2000.
  • Outstanding Political Science Professor, 1996-1997, Virginia Tech. Teaching award presented by Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science Student Honor Society.
  • Douglas A. Borer, Superpowers Defeated: Vietnam and Afghanistan Compared. (London: Frank Cass Publishers, 1999).
  • Mark T. Berger and Douglas A. Borer, editors. The Rise of East Asia: Critical Visions of the Pacific Century (London: Routledge Press, 1997).
  • Jason J. Morrissette and Douglas A. Borer, “Where Oil and Water Do Mix: Environmental Scarcity, Political Legitimacy and Future Conflict the Middle East and North Africa.” Parameters: US Army War College Quarterly, Winter 2004/05.
  • Douglas A. Borer, “Inverse Engagement: Lessons from US Iraq Relations, 1982-1990.” In Parameters: US Army War College Quarterly, (Volume 33, No. 2, Summer 2003), pp. 51-65.
  • Douglas A. Borer, “Why a Winning Strategy Matters: The Impact of Losing in Vietnam and Afghanistan.” In U.S. Army War College Guide To National Security Policy and Strategy. Edited by James Bartholomees. (Carlisle: Strategic Studies Institute Press, 2004): 133-154.

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