Naval War CollegeWelcome! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Security Affairs (NSA) Department at the United States Naval War College where I teach courses on Foreign Policy Analysis as part of the National Security Decision Making and Theatre Security Decision Making core curriculum. Previously, I served as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Central Florida (May-July 2021) and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies at Centre College (August 2019-July 2021) where I instructed courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, Research Design, National and International Security, African Politics, Human Rights, Child Soldiering, and Global Health. In August 2019 I earned my Ph.D. in Security Studies from the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. During the 2018-2019 academic year I was a Minerva-Jennings Randolph Peace and Security Scholar with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

My research broadly focuses on conflict dynamics and processes. My primary research centers on human security and irregular warfare with specific attention on rebel recruitment strategies, militant financing and tactics, and foreign policy in combatting non-state armed groups. In my research I use a variety of methods including statistical modeling, case-studies, and semi-structured interviews. 

In addition to my work on human security and militant behavior, I research and write about private military and security companies (PMSCs), civil-military relations and prospects for democratization or democratic backsliding, maritime terrorism, and counterterrorism effectiveness. To date, my research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets such as African Security, Africa Spectrum, the British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Civil Wars, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Democratization, the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Third World Quarterly, and Water. I also aim to contribute to several academic/policy outlets such as The Conversation, Duck of Minerva, the L.A. Times, the Modern War Institute, Political Violence at a Glance, and War on the Rocks.

I hold a B.A. (2008) in Political Science, MPA with a concentration on public management (2010), and a M.A. and Graduate Certificate in International Conflict Management and Resolution with a focus on National and International Security (2013) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security (2018) from the University of Central Florida. 


Contact Information

US Naval War College
Email: christopher [dot] faulkner [at] usnwc [dot] edu
Phone: (401) 841 – 2694

UCF Contact
Email: faulknerc [at] knights [dot] ucf [dot] edu

Twitter: @C_Faulkner_UCF