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Robert J Lieber


Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service


Department of Government
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ROBERT J. LIEBER is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he has previously served as Chair of the Government Department and Interim Chair of Psychology. He is an authority on American foreign policy and U.S. relations with the Middle East and Europe. He was born and raised in Chicago, received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at Harvard. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has also taught at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Professor Lieber's latest book is entitled, Power and Willpower in The American Future: Why the US is Not Destined to Decline (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His most recent book prior to this was The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2007). As one reviewer described it, “This may be the best book on American foreign policy written since September 11.” In addition, Lieber is author or editor of fourteen other books on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and energy security.

Professor Lieber has lectured widely in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the policy realm, he has been a foreign policy adviser in several presidential campaigns and consultant to the State Department and for National Intelligence Estimates. His articles and opeds have appeared in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, including International Security, Foreign Policy, American Political Science Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Interest, Commentary, Internationale Politik (Berlin), Politique Etrangere (Paris), International Affairs (London), Harper’s, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Ha’aretz (Tel Aviv), and Asharq Al-Awsat (London), among others, and his media appearances have included The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS TV, ABC TV's Good Morning America and Nightline, NBC and CBS network news, the O'Reilly Factor on Fox TV, Voice of America, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and other radio and TV programs in Europe, the Arab world and Israel. Among his, assorted credits is a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, NORTH BY NORTHWEST


  • Ph.D. (1968) Harvard University, Department of Government
  • B.A. (high honors) (1963) University of Wisconsin, Political Science