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Admiral (Ret.) James Foggo

Distinguished Fellow with the Center for European Policy Analysis; Dean of Center for Maritime Strategy, Navy League of the United States

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Implications for European Security

DATE: March 24, 2022 6:00 pm

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James G. “Jamie” Foggo is a retired four-star admiral, currently serving as the dean for the Center for Maritime Strategy at the Navy League of the United States. Throughout his career, Foggo has been a champion of the Navy as an extended arm of diplomacy. He maintained close relationships with the U.S. ambassadors in his area of responsibility from Europe to Africa and into the Middle East. He sponsored numerous regional ambassadors’ conferences at his headquarters in Naples to address security challenges in the Balkans, Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions.

Admiral Foggo will draw from his extensive assignments in Europe and engagements with senior Russian civilian and military leaders to share his insights on the war in Ukraine and its impact on European security and Great Power Competition going forward. 

 Last year, he taught a seminar at the Foreign Service Institute on civil-military relations for rising foreign service officers. In November 2021, Foggo was named to the American Academy of Diplomacy as one of a handful of retired flag officers who serve alongside more than 200 retired ambassadors with the common goal of enhancing American diplomacy around the globe. 

 Foggo’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and NATO Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, he was awarded the 1995 Adm. Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence and the State of Oklahoma Distinguished Service award by the adjutant general. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité and in 2017 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. In 2020, he was awarded the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Commander of the Order of Merit of Italy, and Commander of the Cross of Saint George from Portugal. In 2021, he was awarded the Grand Cross of Naval Merit of Spain.

Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earning a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in defense and strategic studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.