Foreign relations expert Mackubin Owens joins GoLocal as a regular columnist

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Mackubin Owens joins GoLocal as a regular MINDSETTER™ columnist.

Owens joins a growing list of top thinkers on GoLocal, including Robert Whitcomb, Ray Two Hawks Watson, Rob Horowitz, Will Morgan and a host of others.

“We are thrilled to add Mac to the team. GoLocal has by far the most talented group of opinion writers in Rhode Island and rivals any publication in New England,” said Josh Fenton, CEO and co-founder.


“While we focus on the local, we believe Mac’s knowledge of global issues is invaluable,” Fenton added.

Owens is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs. From 2015 to March 2018 he was Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. From 1987 to 2014 he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

He is also a veteran of the Vietnam Marine Corps, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-69 he was twice wounded and awarded the Silver Star Medal. He retired as a colonel in 1994.

Owens is the author of the FPRI monograph Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime (2009) and US Civil-Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Continuum Press, January 2011) and co-author of US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower (Georgetown University Press, Spring 2015). He is also completing another book for the University Press of Kentucky tentatively titled Sword of Republican Empire: A History of US Civil-Military Relations. He is co-editor of the textbook Strategy and Force Planning, now in its fourth edition, for which he has also written several chapters, including “The Political Economy of National Security”, “Thinking About Strategy” and “The Logic of Strategy and the force planning.

Owens is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, his articles on national security issues have appeared in International Security, Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, The Public Interest, The Weekly Standard, The St. Louis Lawyer. Defense Analysis, Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, Marine Corps Gazette, Comparative Strategy, National Review, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor; The Los Angeles Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Times and The New York Post. And, he officially wrote for the Providence Journal.

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