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University of Virginia
Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics
P.O. Box 400787
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4787
434-924-3958; (fax) 924-3359

Current Position

Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, University   of Virginia

Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, Department    of Politics, University of Virginia

Professional and Administrative Experience

Co-founder, Co-chair, and Associate, cross-disciplinary Governing America in a Global Era Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 2006-

Chair, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, 2001-2002(Interim), 2007-2010.

President, International History and Politics Section, American Political Science Association (APSA), 2008-2010.      

Chair, APSA Task Force on U.S. Standing in World Politics, 2008-2009. Selected and organized a group of eighteen leading scholars for fifteen month study. Produced report with roll-out presentations at  National Press Club, US Department of State, and APSA Annual Meeting, September 2009.

Past Positions

Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher, IDSA, New Delhi, India, Monsoon Term 2011.

Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, 2006-

Fulbright Lecturer, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, 2002-2003.

Associate Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, 1997-2006.

Fellow and Olin Seminar Chair, Olin Institute, Harvard University, 1995-1997

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Minnesota, 1992-1997.

Consultant, The RAND Corporation, 1985-1992.

Political Analyst, The Capital Group Companies, 1983-1985.


PhD             Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992.

MA              Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988.

BA               Economics and Russian, magna cum laude, Middlebury College, 1982.



In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011) [co-edited w/ Melvyn Leffler].

To Lead the World: U.S. Strategy after the Bush Doctrine (New York: Oxford University Press 2008) [co-edited w/ Melvyn Leffler].

Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005).

Cooperation under Fire: Anglo-German Restraint During World War II (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).


“The Politics of the New Global Architecture: The United States and India,” Strategic Analysis 36:4 (July 2012).

“The Mix That Makes Unipolarity: Hegemonic Purpose and International Constraints,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 25:2 (July 2011).

“The Plasticity of Identity under Anarchy,” European Journal of International Relations 15:1 (March 2009).

“What China Will Want: The Future Intentions of a Rising Power,” Perspectives on Politics (September 2007)
Reprinted in Henry Nau, ed. International Relations in Perspective: A Reader (CQPress, 2010).

“Faux Realism: Spin vs. Substance in the Bush Foreign Policy Doctrine,” [with Andrew Moravcsik] Foreign Policy (July/August 2001). 

“The Transformation of Policy Ideas,” American Journal of Political Science 44:3 (July 2000).

“Whence American Internationalism,” International Organization 54:2 (Spring 2000).
             Related: “Whither My Argument? A Response to Jackson and Nexon,” Dialogue-IO (Spring 2001)

“Is Anybody Still a Realist?”[with Andrew Moravcsik] International Security 24:2 (Fall 1999).
Related:  “Correspondence: Brother Can you Spare a Paradigm? (Or was Anybody Ever a Realist?),”
International Security 25:1 (Summer 2000).

“Which Norms Matter? Rethinking the `Failure’ of Internationalism,” International Organization 51:1   (Winter 1997).
Reprinted in Beth A. Simmons and Richard H. Steinberg, eds. International Law and International Relations
(Cambridge University Press, 2007).

“Culture, Preferences, and the International Cooperation Two-Step,” American Political Science Review 90:1 (March 1996).
Reprinted in Theo Farrell, ed.Security Studies: Critical Concepts in International Relations (London and New
York: Routledge 2009).

“Military Culture and Inadvertent Escalation,” International Security 18:4 (Spring 1994).

“Constraining Ground Force Exercises of NATO and the Warsaw Pact,” [with Robert D. Blackwill] International Security (Winter 1989/199­0).

“The Military Meaning of the New Soviet Doctrine,” Parameters (December 1989).
Reprinted in Fundamentals of Force Planning: Volume I: Concepts (Newport R.I.: Naval War College Press,

“Soviet Crisis Decision-making and the Gorbachev Reforms,” Survival (July/August 1989). Reprinted in RAND Corporation Occasional Papers Series, OPS-014, Santa Monica, CA.


“Sell Unipolarity? The Future of an Overvalued Concept” in John Ikenberry, Michael Mastanduno, and William Wohlforth, eds. International Relations Theory and the Consequences of Unipolarity (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

“Introduction” and “Managing the Murky Future” in Leffler and Legro, eds. In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011) [co-authored w/ Melvyn Leffler].

“The Omnipower: The United States and Regional Orders,” in Dirk Nabers, ed., Regional Powers and Regional Order (Routledge, 2011).

“A Return to Normalcy? Managing American Internationalism,” in Daniel Drezner, ed. Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy (Washington, DC: Brookings 2009).

“Purpose Transitions: China and the American Response,” in Robert Ross and Zhu Feng, eds., China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press,  2008).

“Introduction” and “Dilemmas of Strategy” in Leffler and Legro, eds. To Lead the World: U.S. Strategy after the Bush Doctrine (New York: Oxford University Press 2008) [co-authored w/ Melvyn Leffler].

“The Culture and Command Conundrum,” in Michael Duffy, Theo Farrell, and Geoffrey Sloan (eds.), Strategic Policy Studies 3: Culture and Command (Exeter: SPSG 2000), 11-26.

“Norms, Identity, and Their Limits: A Theoretical Reprise,” [with Paul Kowert] in Peter Katzenstein, ed., The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996).

“Soviet National Security Decision Making,” [with Kurt M. Campbell] in Graham Allison, et. al., eds., A Primer for the Nuclear Age (Lanham, Md.: Univer­sity Press of America, 1990).


US Standing in the World: Causes, Consequences, and the Future. APSA Task Force Report, (American Political Science Association 2009).

“The Ties that Bind the United States: A Recount,” H-Diplo Roundtable  Review of Stephen Brooks and Bill Wohlforth,  World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy (Princeton University Press, 2008). Volume X, No. 13 (May 18, 2009).

H-Diplo Roundtable on Leffler and Legro, eds., To Lead the World Volume X, No. 9 (2009). Edited by Thomas Maddux. Reviewers: Robert Art, Michael Cox, Henry R. Nau, William O. Walker III. Response by Melvyn Leffler and Jeffrey Legro. Published by H-Diplo on 27 March 2009.

“Bilateralism,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr.. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008), 296-297.

“Why Were Chemical Weapons Not Used in World War II?” in Dennis Showalter, ed., History in Dispute: World War II, 1943-1945 (Gale Publishing, 2000).

“Trip Report: Admiral Crowe’s Visit to the Soviet Union, March 17-25, 1990,” RAND Corporation Occasional Paper OPS-016.

“The Role of Intelligence in Crises,” [with Allan Goodman], RAND Corporation Avoiding Nuclear War Report, October 1987.


Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Grant, Delhi, India,  Fall 2011.

Selected President, International History and Politics Section, APSA, 2008-2010.

Selected Chair, APSA Presidential Task Force, 2008-2009.

Fulbright Lecturership, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, P.R. China, 2002-2003.

University of Virginia Faculty Summer Research Award, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006.

John M. Olin Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1995-1997.

Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellow, 1995-1996 (declined).

University of Minnesota Graduate School Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1995.

Graham Fellow, UCLA, 1991-1992.

Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace, 1990-91.

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Fellowship, 1990-1991.

Institute for the Study of World Politics Fellowship, 1990-1991.

Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1987-1989.

Harvard University Center for Science and International Affairs Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 1987-1989.

RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies Fellow­ship, 1985-87, 1989-90.

Phi Beta Kappa, elected 1982.

National Slavic Honor Society, elected 1981.

Select Activities

Member, National Intelligence Council Study Group on “Strategic Responses to American Preeminence,” 2004 –

Member, Council on Foreign Relations, 2001- .

Member, Academic Board, Academic Exchange, 2008-

“Supernexus: The Power of Position in the New Global Architecture,” Lecture, George Washington University, September 24, 2012; Mershon Center, Ohio State University, September 28, 2012.

“Sovereignty American Style: Protecting Apple Pie, Fixing Foreign Recipes.” Presented revised paper, Workshop on U.S, China, and Visions of World Order, Princeton University, April 13-14, 2012.

“The New Global Architecture and the American Swing to the Pacific,” Lecture, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, March 14, 2012

“The New Architecture of World Politics: Who Controls It?” Manthan Forum, Hyderabad, March 7, 2012; Jamia Islamia University, New Delhi, March 12, 2012; Subbu Forum, India International Center, New Delhi, March 12, 2012; Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, December 13, 2012; Center for Policy Research, New Delhi

“America’s Swing to the Pacific: Implications for India,” Lecture, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, March 6, 2012; Jadavpur University, Kolkata, March 9, 2012; Techno India College, Kolkata, March 10, 2012; Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, March 14, 2012.

“The Gamble: The US-India Nuclear Deal and the World it Made,” Lecture, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, March 5, 2012.

“The Indo-US Nuclear Deal,” Talk to UVA Alumni Group, New Delhi, December 7, 2011.

Member, National Review Committee for the 2012-2013 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar, United States-India Educational Foundation, Delhi, India, December 2011.

“India-US Partnership in Asia: Prospects and Future.” Panel Presentation, FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi, October 19, 2011.

“The American Pivot: The Importance of Position in an Age of Decline.” Lecture, Institute for Defense and Strategic Analyses, September 9, 2011; Jawahlal Nehru University, September 14, 2011 .

Member, National Selection Committee for the 2012-2013 Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowships, United States-India Educational Foundation, Delhi, India, August 2011.

“Sovereignty American Style: Protecting Apple Pie, Fixing Foreign Recipes.” Paper,

MacArthur Asia Security Initiative Workshop on US-China Relations and World Order, Beijing, June 10-11, 2011.

Editorial Board, Washington Quarterly, 2006-2011

Discussant, “The Turkey-Israel-US Strategic Triangle.” Conference, University of Virginia, April 1, 2011.

Member, Academic Leadership Council, Business for Diplomatic Action, 2008-2010

“Sell Unipolarity? The Future of an Overvalued Concept.” Lecture, McGill University, November 12, 2010.

“Explaining Change in International Relations: The Puzzling Rise and Demise of Unipolarity.” Lecture and Masterclass, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany, October 11-12, 2010.

Participant, “One Year On: American-Israeli Relations in the Obama and Netanyahu Era,” 2010 RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA, May 13-14, 2010

Organized and moderated The William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy, “Diplomacy Against Terror: America’s Allies and Enemies in Pakistan,” University of Virginia, February 25, 2010.

Panelist, Roundtable on “Explaining Change in International Politics,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.

Chair, Panel on “US Leadership, International Crisis, and the Conduct of Foreign Policy,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.

Organized and moderated Stephenson “When the Walls Came Down: Berlin, 9/11, and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Conference, Miller Center, October 2009.

“The Omni-Power: The United States and Regional Orders.” Paper, Conference on Regional Powers and Regional Orders, CERI, Paris, France, October 8-9, 2009.

Participant, Academic Exchange Trip to Israel and the West Bank, June 2009.

Panelist, Roundtable on Brooks and Wohlforth’s World Out of Balance. H-Diplo/Williams College Conference, April 17-18, 2009.

“Bigger Demands, Fewer Resources? Obama and American Internationalism” Lecture at the   University of Ottawa, March 27, 2009.

International Studies Association Grants Selection Committee, 2006 – 2008.

“To Lead the World,” Forum, Miller Center for Public Affairs, Sept 15, 2008; Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, September 25, 2008

“China’s Future Intentions,”  Lecture on panel “What Does China Want? The Intentions and Desires of  a New World Power,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, May 7, 2008.

Panel Presentation, “The Possibility for New Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy,” at Conference  on The Past, Present, and Future of Policy Planning, The Fletcher School of  Diplomacy, Tufts University, April 18-19, 2008.

“China’s Destiny: Three Theories and an Argument,” Invited Lecture, United States Military

Academy at West Point, February 7, 2008.

“The American Worldview After the Bush Doctrine,” Invited Lecture, Virginia Military Institute, December 6, 2007.

Presented paper, “U.S. Hegemony and the Erosion of International Order,” American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago Illinois, September 2007.

Chair, International Politics and History Division, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago Illinois, September 2007.

“The Future of the American Worldview,” Invited Lecture, Baltimore Council on Foreign Relations, June 14, 2007.

Co-organizer, “After the Bush Doctrine: American National Security Policy in the Next Administration,” Conference, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, June 2007.

Chair, panel on “Ideas and U.S. Foreign Policy,” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL , March 2, 2007.

Project participant, “The Future of Internationalism,” University of Texas, Austin, October 6-8, 2005: Princeton University May 2006.

Presented paper “What China Will Want: The Future Intentions of a Rising Power,” for conference on the “Rise of China,” Peking University, January 2006.

Participant, CSIS project, “With One Hand Tied: Dealing with China During a Period of Preoccupation,” 2005-2006.

External Reviewer,  The Institute for Global and International Studies, George Washington University, October 2005.

“The Origins of Great Power Identity,” Invited Lecture, Princeton University, Oct. 3, 2005.

“Why Great Powers Rethink the World,” Invited Lecture, Middlebury College, April 22, 2005.

“History and the Future of the Bush Grand Strategy,” Inaugural McKeown Lectureship, SUNY Geneseo, April 21, 2005.

Chair (2005), member (2004), Selection Committee, German Marshall Fund Research Fellowships.

“Ideapolitik,” Invited Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, November 3, 2004.

Member, Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on the Successor Generation for US Foreign and Security Policy, 2000 -2007 . Meetings in Singapore and Jakarta, May 2001; Hong Kong and Guangzhou, January 2002; Malaysia, September 2004.

Discussant, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Seminar, “China’s Security Strategy with a Special Focus on East Asia,” Washington, D.C. July 6, 2005.

Workshop on American Empire, Florence Italy, June 2004.

“The Bush Revolution and its Precursors,” Invited Lecture, German Marshall Fund, Washington D.C. April 2004.

“Rethinking the World: Great Power Ideas and International Relations,” Invited Lecture, University of Texas, Austin, March 2004.

“Power and Ideas in Sino-American Relations,” Invited Lecture, Nankai University, April 2003.

“The Bush National Security Strategy: Towards Imperialism or Isolationism?” and

“International Relations Theory and the Rise of China.” Invited Lectures, Wuhan University (November 2002), Jilin University and Northeast Normal University (December 2002), The Central University for Nationalities of China (January 2003), Yunnan University (March 2003).

Chair, International Security Division, APSA Annual Conference, Boston, MA 2002.

Workshop on Transatlantic Relations, Villa Le Balze, Fiesole, Italy. May, 2002; May, 2001.

“Change in National Ideas and International Society” Invited Lecture, Princeton University, March 2002.

Chair, APSA Jervis-Schroeder Book Prize Committee, 2001.

Ad Hoc Publications Implementation Committee, American Political Science Association, 2000-2001.

Council, International History and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 1999-.

Chair/Member, Editorial Board, PS: Political Science and Politics, 1998-2001.

Publications Committee, American Political Science Association, 2000-2001.

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