Jim is a member of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Academy team where he serves as a senior program officer for civilian – military affairs. In this capacity Jim represents the Institute to both military and civilian organization officials to reinforce USIP’s position of respected facilitator of civ-mil relations.  Additionally, he creates and maintains efforts to develop relevant workshops, engagements, education and outreach programs.  

Jim joined USIP after successfully completing a 32 year assignment in the U.S. military.  A Civil Affairs Officer he has overseas experience consisting of deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Previous key positions Jim has held include Director for Reserve Affairs at the Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command, Assistant Operations Officer at the 352d Civil Affairs Command, Provincial Reconstruction Team Commander, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Response Officer at the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Chief of the Education and Training Branch at the Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute and Deputy and Commander of the 352d Civil Affairs Command.

He is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University with a BS in marketing and international business and has two Master’s Degree; a MA from Webster University in Human Resource Development and a MS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. 

Publications By Jim

Lake Chad Exercise Demonstrates New Civilian-Military Approach

Lake Chad Exercise Demonstrates New Civilian-Military Approach

Friday, July 7, 2017

By: Jim Ruf; Ann Phillips

A group of senior U.S. military and civilian leaders recently agreed to find ways to work together more effectively to counter violent extremism in the volatile Lake Chad Basin of Africa, a region reeling from the casualties and destruction wrought for years by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. The agreement emerged from a new exercise model...

Civilian-Military Relations; Fragility & Resilience

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