Danny Sjursen

Danny Sjursen

Anti-war activist and scholar, retired U.S. Army Major

Danny Sjursen is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. His public writing and scholarship focuses on U.S. military policy, the Greater Middle East, imperialism, civil rights history, and the linkages between war and empire at home and abroad.  A retired U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate, he served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at the military academy.  He transitioned to full time writing, speaking, and activism in 2019, and is now a contributing editor at antiwar.com. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, HuffPost, Mother Jones, The Hill, Salon, Popular Resistance, Scheer Post, and Tom Dispatch, among other publications. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. His forthcoming book, Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War is now available for pre-order; Steerforth Press will also publish his comprehensive revisionist history of the United States in mid-2021. Prior to joining CIP, Danny was a fellow at Defense Priorities and continues to research and publish part-time with the Future of Freedom Foundation.  He co-hosts the podcast "Fortress on a Hill," with fellow vet Chris "Henri” Henrikson.  In recent years, he’s been active in intersectional antiwar/social justice organizations such as About Face: Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace.  Sjursen was selected as a 2019-20 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellow.  He lives with his two sons in Lawrence, KS, home of the University of Kansas - where he earned an MA and is completing a PhD in American History.  Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet and visit his professional website for further information and past work.


September 8, 2020

Book: Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War

By Danny Sjursen, Senior Fellows

"This incendiary work by Daniel Sjursen is a personal cry from the heart by a once-model US Army officer and West Point graduate who became a military dissenter while still on active duty. Set against the backdrop of the terror wars of the last two decades, Sjursen asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. Once a burgeoning believer and budding conservative, Sjursen performed an intellectual and spiritual about-face. He now calls for a critical exploration of our allegiances, and he suggests a path to a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Equal parts unsentimental and idealistic, this is a story about what it means to be an American in the midst of perpetual war, and what the future of patriotism might look like." You may learn more and purchase the book at heydaybooks.com/patriotic-dissent.

Book: Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War


May 5, 2021

Gordon Dimmack Podcast Episode #23

Danny Sjursen

Check out my latest intense, wide-ranging, but fun chat with British journalist&podcaster Gordon Dimmack. We talk polite Dem-imperialists, the media's duty-dereliction, Afghanistan, all things Africa, Britain's unspoken new troop mission to Mali, American exceptionalist "vampires" who can't see their own reflection&so much more!

April 27, 2021

Our ‘Dear Friend’ Deby Is Dead – Yea, About That…

by Danny Sjursen

Sjursen's latest takes a peek behind Chad’s curtain & President Deby’s death shroud to expose the criminal-complicity & systemic-indecency behind Franco-America's most dangerous game on the African playground.

April 29, 2021

Asking and Analyzing Questions Others Won’t: Support Antiwar.com in Forever War Year 20

by Danny Sjursen

"Antiwar.com is pumping out originals on subjects scantly covered, and hardly understood, by even the policymakers themselves. As scary as that factoid is, Antiwar.com’s public contribution is therefore equally as crucial."

April 16, 2021

Frozen Farce: Russia Alarmism – Arctic Edition

by Danny Sjursen

"Washington’s hypocrisy and the frontiers of its New Cold War (of choice) appear to know no bounds. Eastern Europe is the classic theater of course, but you’ll hear the Pentagon’s new buzzword-acronym priority purpose, "great power competition" (GPC) – etched in senseless stone with the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) – peddled to justify military missions in the Middle East, Central and East Asia, across Africa, and now at the very "roof of the world:" the frigid Arctic."