About Walter Christman

Dr. Walter L. Christman – President

Walter L. Christman is a pioneer in the global adoption of new cooperative ventures in education and research to enable enhanced regional and global security. He is the principal architect of seven Secretary of Defense initiatives, three of which were endorsed by a President of the United States.

He is currently President of Global Strategic Analysis, LLC, a professional services firm located in San Luis Obispo, California. Global Strategic Analysis is a forward-thinking professional services firm offering confidential analytic support and creative services to world-wide clients who seek to foster innovative solutions for a secure and sustainable world.  It provides access to boundary-spanning, unconventional thinkers with credibility; builds entrepreneurial networks through strategic partnerships; and produces foresight, resilience and enduring value.

He is also Chairman and Founding Director of the Global Challenges Forum Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, an organization of think tanks, research centers, and academic institutions with the goal of contributing to the much-needed resolution of existing and future global security challenges. He guides its work through offices in: Geneva, Switzerland; Amman, Jordan; Bangalore, India; and San Luis Obispo, California.

Dr. Christman’s nearly thirty-year career with the US Government spanned service in the Armed Forces, the US Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House, with travel to more than fifty countries and over ten years of service as a US diplomat in the international community of Geneva, Switzerland. His academic career includes service as Associate Professor of Global Public Policy with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Visiting Fellow of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, and Visiting Scholar at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

Dr. Christman has overseen strategic collaboration efforts in support of the Office of the Secretary Defense and the US Joint Forces Command in collaboration with the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and through bilateral agreements with partner nations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his leadership in conceiving and establishing the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, which in the past twenty years educated tens of thousands of participants in defense and security topics.

Dr. Christman holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Geneva, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. Prior to university, he served for four years on active duty in the US Army Special Forces.

His professional associations include the Council on Foreign Relations, Trustee of the Marshall Foundation, editorial board of the journal “European Security.” Presently, Dr. Christman is general co-editor of the “SUNY Series on Global Challenges in the 21st Century.” His forthcoming book under contract is entitled: “Framing NATO’s Engagement with China: Relationality and Partnership.”  He lives in San Luis Obispo, California.


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