Sebastian Bruns

Senior Associate (Non-resident), International Security Program
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Sebastian Bruns

Sebastian Bruns is the inaugural McCain Fulbright scholar-in-residence at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. At the USNA, he teaches European maritime security, U.S. naval strategy, and sea power. Previously, he directed the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University in Germany (2016-2021). Dr. Bruns is an internationally recognized naval and maritime security expert. His research interests include the German and U.S. navies, strategy, and how NATO allies use sea power. His critically acclaimed study U.S. Naval Strategy and National Security: The Evolution of American Maritime Power (Routledge, 2018) traces the evolution of U.S. naval strategy since the Cold War. His most recent book, Conceptualizing Maritime & Naval Strategy (Nomos, 2020), edited with Sarandis “Randy” Papadopoulos, brought together 18 naval strategy experts from North America, Europe, and Japan. Sebastian is coeditor of the Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security (Routledge: London, 2016) and four other books. He also taught graduate seminars at Kiel University from 2014 to 2017. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Bruns was a member of the German Chief of Navy staff’s strategic advisory committee, drafting the German Navy’s capstone strategy. Previously, Sebastian served Rep. Todd Young (R-IN), a sitting member on the House Armed Service Committee and Seapower Subcommittee in the 112th U.S. Congress (2010-2011), handling the congressman’s defense and military affairs. Sebastian holds a PhD in political science (Kiel University, 2014) and an MA in North American studies (University of Bonn, 2007).