Professor Anatol Lieven teaches International Politics at Georgetown University in Qatar. He received a BA in History (double first) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. Before joining academia, he spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent for British newspapers, and later as a member of think tanks in Washington DC. Between 2007 and 2014 he worked in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, where he remains a visiting professor.
His main project at present is a book on the history of the Pashtun ethnicity in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the context of the wider history and theoretical analysis of modern nationalism (commissioned by Yale University Press).
His taught courses at Georgetown in Qatar include international security issues; US foreign policy; war and diplomacy in Afghanistan and South Asia; comparative political systems and the history, theory and comparative study of nationalism.
He is author of numerous books, including Pakistan: A Hard Country (2012); America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (second edition 2012); and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (1999).
Pakistan: A Hard Country was published in April 2011 in hardback and in March 2012 in paperback by Penguin in the United Kingdom and Australia and Basic Books in the United States. It was listed as one of the Daily Telegraph and Economist books of the year, 2011.
An updated new edition of his book America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism was published by Oxford University Press in the UK and USA in September 2012.
Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World, co-authored with John Hulsman, was published by Pantheon in September 2006. It sets out a plan for a new US global strategy, based on a synthesis of the ideas of Reinhold Niebuhr, George Kennan and Hans Morgenthau and the record of the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.
America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was published in October 2004 by Harper Collins in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US. It has also appeared in French (under the title “Le Nouveau Nationalisme Americain”), and in Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian in 2007. An updated paperback edition was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. This book is a study of aspects of contemporary US political culture and policy against the background of American history, and in particular the long, complex and often contradictory history of American nationalism.
Ambivalent Neighbors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership (co-edited with Dmitri Trenin) was published by the Carnegie Endowment in 2003. This is a collection of essays dealing with the implications of EU and NATO enlargement. Anatol Lieven also wrote the concluding essay.
Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry was published by the US Institute of Peace in 1999. It examines the complex historical, cultural, political and demographic background to the troubled Russian-Ukrainian relationship, and makes recommendations for Western strategy.
Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? was published by Yale University Press in 1998. An updated version appeared in paperback in 1999. It is a study of the decline of the Russian state in the 1990s, seen through the prism of the Russian defeat in Chechnya in 1994-96, and also provides the first anthropological description of the Chechen nation and tradition in English. Anatol Lieven covered the Chechen War of 1994-96 as a correspondent for The Times (London).
The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, was published by Yale University Press in 1993. It is a study of the Baltic States’ achievement of independence from the Soviet Union, based on Anatol Lieven’s own observations as a journalist in the region during that period, and on an analysis of Baltic history. This book won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing (UK) and the Yale University Press Governors’ Award.
Review Essay on Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power, vol. 4, Globalisations 1945-2011, in International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, vol.29, March 2016 (with subsequent exchange of views with Michael Mann).
“Pakistan: The Mess We Can’t Ignore”, New York Review of Books, vol.LXI, no.5, March 20 2014.
“Afghanistan”, New York Review of Books, vol.LX, no.6, April 4th 2013.
“The Future of Democracy in America”, Current Intelligence, vol.4, issue 3, summer 2012.
“Military Exceptionalism in Pakistan”, Survival (IISS), vol.53 no.4, August-September 2011.
“Insights from the Afghan Field”, Current Intelligence, vol. September 6th 2010.
“The War in Afghanistan: Its Background and Future Prospects”, Conflict, Security and Development, 9, 3 (2009).
“Avoiding a New Cold War”, Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn (Russia), Summer 2007.
“Progressive Realism”, The Boston Review, July/August 2007.
“Developmental Realism”, Harvard Law & Policy Review, January 17th 2007.
“On Might, Ethics and Realism”, The National Interest, November 30, 2006.
“US/USSR: Remembering the Cold War”, London Review of Books, November 16 2006.
“A Difficult Country: Pakistan and the case for Developmental Realism”, The National Interest, May 1st 2006.
“Wolfish Wilsonians”, Orbis, April 1st 2006.
“We Do Not Deserve These People: America and Its Army”, London Review of Books, vol.27, no.20, October 19th, 2005.
“Taking Back America: The Right-Wing Backlash”, London Review of Books, vol.26, no.23, December 2nd 2004.
“A Trap of Their Own Making: The Consequences of the New Imperialism”, London Review of Books, vol.25, no.9, May 8th 2003.
“Preserver and Destroyer: Pakistan’s Predicament”, London Review of Books, vol.25, no.3, January 23rd 2003.
“The Push to War”, London Review of Books, vol.24, no.19, October 3rd 2002.
“The Pressures on Pakistan”, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2002.
“The New Cold War”, London Review of Books, vol.23, no.19, October 4th 2001.
“Chechnya and the Laws of War”, East European Constitutional Review, Vol. 10, No.2/3, Spring/Summer 2001.
“British Chill: What E.H.Carr Got Right”, London Review of Books, vol.22, no.16, August 24th 2000.
“Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation” (with Theo Farrell, Michael Semple and Rudra Chaudhuri), Royal United Services Institute, September 2012.
“US-Russian Relations and the Rise of China”, New America Foundation, July 11th 2011.
“Failing States and US Strategy”, Stanley Foundation, September 2006.
Policy briefs for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
“A Spreading Danger: Time for a New Policy Toward Chechnya” (co-authored with Fiona Hill and Tom de Waal), no.35, 2005.
“The Hinge to Europe: Don’t Make Britain Choose between the US and Europe”, no.26, 2003.
“Rebuilding Afghanistan: Fantasy versus Reality” (co-authored with Marina Ottaway), no.12, 2002.
“Fighting Terrorism: Lessons from the Cold War”, no.7, 2001.
“Soldiers Before Missiles: Meeting the Challenge from the World’s Streets”, no.4, 2001.
The Future of US Foreign Policy, in Michael Cox and Douglas Stokes (eds), US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press (second edition), 2012).
Realism and Progress: Niebuhr’s Thought and Contemporary Challenges, in Richard Harries (ed), Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics: God and Power (Oxford University Press 2010).
International Security and Western Interventionism, in Making Multilateralism Work, edited by Alasdair Murray, published by Centre Forum (London), 2007.
The Cold War is Finally Over: The True Significance of the Attacks formed part of the collection How Did This Happen: Terrorism and the New War, James F. Hoge, Jr. and Gideon Rose, eds. (New York: Public Affairs, 2001).
Lessons of the War in Chechnya in Soldiers in Cities: Urban Operations on Urban Terrain, Michael C. Desch, ed., (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, November 2001).
Introduction to Forms of Hope, the collected essays of the Lithuanian poet and author Tomas Venclova, (Sheep Meadow Press 1999).
Anatol Lieven is a frequent contributor to the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune and writes a regular column for American Review, a publication of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. He also writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Times, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor and various European publications including Le Monde and Le Figaro. He writes a bimonthly column for American Review, published by the US Studies Centre of the University of Sydney, Australia.
Apart from his work for daily newspapers, he has written extensively for other journals, including Encounter, International Affairs, Prospect, the New Statesman, The Spectator, the Economist, the World Today and the Tablet in Britain; and Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the Washington Quarterly and the New Republic in the US. He is a member of the advisory board of the National Interest.
He has given innumerable interviews on radio and television, and frequently addresses government, military, policy-making and academic bodies and conferences.