Maj. (ret.) Danny Sjursen is the director of the Eisenhower Media Network (EMN).

He entered West Point in July of 2001, two months before the September 11th attacks and served as U.S. Army officer from 2005-2019, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is contributing editor at, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy (CIP), and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, The Hill, Salon, The American Conservative, Mother Jones, ScheerPost and TomDispatch, among other publications. He taught American and Civil Rights History at West Point and is the author of two books: Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge (2015), a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, and Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War (2020).

He has a BA in history from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a MA in American and military history from the University of Kansas. In 2019, he was awarded the Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. He also co-hosts the podcast “Fortress on a Hill,” along with fellow vet Chris “Henri” Henriksen.

Areas of Expertise

  • American and Military History
  • Civil-military relations
  • Post-9/11 U.S. military operations
  • Greater Middle East history and policy
  • Civil rights and domestic effects of militarism and empire

Recent News

  • All Risk, No Reward: The Perils and Absurdity of Iraq War 4.0
    “The ill-advised and illegal 2003 US military invasion caused most of the current madness; Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions and saber-rattling predictably and demonstrably backfired; Iran’s offensive military capacity is actually rather limited and wildly exaggerated,” Sjursen argues.
  • In Other News: Another Franco-American Forever War Failing in Africa – Mali Edition
    Yet another Franco-American Forever War in Africa is failing. This time, it’s in Mali. Retired major Danny Sjursen reflects on Washington’s support of a coup in Mali, and argues that this latest chapter in America’s neocolonial legacy boils down to “the three Rs: Resources, Rivalry, Relevance.” Read the full article here. Just what’s the point of all this Franco-American adventurism in Africa? It’s hard to say. Maj. Danny Sjursen, U.S. Army, (Ret.) and Director of EMN