Ralph Peters is a writer, strategist, media commentator and retired military officer. He is the author of 29 books and approximately 1,000 columns, articles, essays and reviews. Uniformed service, personal interests and research have taken him to 70 countries and six continents. He served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, first as an enlisted man, then as an officer, retiring shortly after his promotion to lieutenant-colonel to write.
As a soldier, Ralph served in Infantry and Military Intelligence units before becoming a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Russia and surrounding states. Special assignments took him to Southeast and Central Asia, to the Caucasus, to the Kremlin, to Pakistan and Burma, to the Andean Ridge and the southwest border of the United States. He has traveled extensively in the Muslim world, as well as studying India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Indonesia. In addition to assignments to the Pentagon and the Executive Office of the President, he served and lived in Europe for a total of ten years. He has reported from various conflict zones, including Iraq, Israel and sub-Saharan Africa.
Ralph has published seven books on strategy and military affairs: Endless War, Wars of Blood and Faith, Never Quit the Fight, Beyond Baghdad, Beyond Terror, Fighting for the Future, and New Glory. Lines of Fire, a collection of his most-enduring writings of the past two decades was published in September, 2011.
Looking for Trouble, a memoir of his adventures and misadventures in remote trouble spots while in uniform, appeared in 2008. Additionally, the Marine Corps has published a compendium of his research reports from Africa written between 2003 and 2006.
Also a novelist, under his own name and as Owen Parry, he has written a number of bestsellers with international settings (Red Army, The War After Armageddon), as well as prize-winning historical novels about the American Civil War. His latest NYT bestseller Cain at Gettysburg, appeared at the end of February, 2012. A follow-up novel on the Overland Campaign of 1864, Hell or Richmond, will be published in May, 2013.
Ralph’s commentaries, essays and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Los Angeles Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Newsweek, Harpers, The Weekly Standard, National Review,, The Washington Monthly, Wired, Parameters, Armed Forces Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Strategic Review, Armchair General, Military Review and a wide range of other domestic and foreign publications. He has appeared on every major American television and cable-news network, as well as on many radio programs and in the international media. He currently serves as Fox News’ Strategic Analyst.
Ralph Peters Speaking at Bar Ilan University
Peters is an outspoken supporter of Israel.
In March 2013, Peters told Arutz Sheva, “Since childhood I have believed in Israel. I believe in not only Israel's right to exist, but in Israel's mission… as the only civilizing force in the Middle East. When I look at Israel, I see not only a Jewish state rebuilt on the ancient Jewish homeland, I see an outpost of the civilization in which I believe… Israel is a beacon of justice, for rule of law, humanity, decency, culture... in short, Israel belongs to the Jews; it belongs to my civilization.
“It is important for non-Jewish Americans to actively support Israel, and to, when possible, educate our fellow Americans about the reality, as opposed to the often twisted and perverse version of Israel you get in the press, where the Israelis are somehow the aggressors, and Hamas and Hezbollah, who are raining rockets down on Israeli children, are somehow the good guys.
Ralph lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Katherine McIntire Peters, the executive editor of Government Executive magazine and the director of the web-siteNextGov.com.
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