University of Calgary

Terry Terriff

  • Fellow
  • Fellows

Currently Teaching

Research Interests

Change in military organizations;

US security and defence policy;

US military;

NATO/transatlantic security relations.


Dr. Terriff is the Arthur J. Child Chair of American Security Policy and a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. Dr. Terriff is an co-editor of the University of Calgary-based Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and was formerly the co-editor of the journal Contemporary Security Policy from 1991 to 2005. Dr. Terriff was also a Visiting Lecturer at the NATO School (Allied Command Transformation) in Germany from 1999 to 2009.

Dr. Terriff joined the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and the Department of Political Science in 2008, after having been a member of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, for twelve and half years. While in the UK, Dr. Terriff was the recipient of three UK Economic and Social Research Council grants to conduct international studies on change in military organizations and transatlantic security issues.

Current Research

Dr. Terriff is currently completing a book on military change in the US Marine Corps from Vietnam to the second Iraq War, a subject on which he has published several articles and given numerous presentations. He is also completing, with an international group of scholars, an edited volume on military transformation in Europe, as well as working on a co-authored piece on European officers attitudes toward military transformation and sole authored analysis of the new US President and US security policy. He is also engaged in research on military change in the US Army since the 1991 Gulf War and on ‘lessons learned’ of Iraq (and Afghanistan).
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