Robert J. Lieber

Robert Lieber
Robert J. Lieber
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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. In addition, he chairs the Executive Committee of Georgetown’s Program for Jewish Civilization. He is author or editor of sixteen books on international relations and U.S. foreign policy, and he has been an advisor to several presidential campaigns, to the State Department, and to the drafters of U.S. National Intelligence Estimates. His latest book, Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the U.S. is Not Destined to Decline, has been published by Cambridge University Press and is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-reader.

Professor Lieber was born and raised in Chicago received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.  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.

His articles and op-eds 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 NewsHour on PBS TV, ABC TV’s Good Morning America and Nightline, NBC and CBS network news, Voice of America, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and other radio and TV programs in Europe, the Arab world and Israel. In 2013, Professor Lieber received Georgetown University’s Career Research Achievement Award and was also named the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Tokyo.  In addition, he is an avid tennis player, and among his other credits is a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

Areas of Expertise: U.S. foreign policy; grand strategy; primacy; Middle East; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Europe.

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



Robert J. Lieber. Power and Willpower in The American Future: Why The United States Is Not Destined To Decline. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Robert J. Lieber. Foreign Policy. London: Ashgate Publishers, 2008.

Robert J. Lieber. The American Era: Power & Strategy for 21st Century (paperback edition, 2007). NY & Cambridge: Cambriddge University Press, 2007.

Robert J. Lieber. The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Robert Lieber. Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy & American Primacy in the 21st Century. NY: Prentice-Hall in cooperation with Woodrow Wilson Center, 2002.

Robert J. Lieber. No Common Power: Understanding International Relations (4th edition). New York: Prentice-Hall, 2001.

Robert J. Lieber. The Oil Decade: Conflict and Cooperation in the West . Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1986.

Alexnader J. Groth, Robert J. Lieber, Nancy I. Lieber. Contemporary Politics: Europe . Cambridge, MA: Winthrop Publishers, 1976.

Robert J. Lieber. Theory and World Politics. Cambridge, MA: Winthrop Publishers, 1972.

Robert J. Lieber. British Politics and European Unity: Parties, Elites and Pressure Groups . Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1970.

Articles in Journals

Robert J. Lieber. “America in Decline? It’s a Matter of Choices, Not Fate.” WORLD AFFAIRS 175.3 (2012): 88-96.

Robert J. Lieber. “Can the U.S. Retain Primacy?.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 3.2011 (2011): 23-36.

Robert J. Lieber. “Staying Power and the American Future: Problems of Primacy, Policy, and Grand Strategy.” Journal of Strategic Studies 34.4 (2011): 509-530.

Robert J. Lieber and Amatzia Baram. “Containment Breach: Preventing nuclear war between Iran and Israel would be more difficult than it ever was between the US and the USSR .” (2009).

Robert J. Lieber. “Persistent Primacy and the Future of the American Era.” International Politics (London) 46.2/3 (2009): 119-139.

Robert J. Lieber. “Falling Upwards: Declinism, The Box Set.” World Affairs (2008).

Robert J. Lieber. “America and Israel After Sixty Years”.” Democratiya — web journal (2008).

Robert J. Lieber. “Sifting and Winnowing: The Uses and Abuses of Academic Freedom.” International Studies Perspectives 8.4 (2007): 410-417.

Robert J. Lieber. “Left-Out Legislature.” The National Interest–March/April 2007 (2007): 27-31.

Robert J. Lieber. “Die USA und der Nahe Osten.” Internationale Politik (Berlin) 61.9 (2006): 91-97.

Robert J. Lieber. “The Neoconservative-Conspiracy Theory: Pure Myth.” Chronicle of Higher Education 49.34 (2003).

Robert J. Lieber. “The Folly of Containment.” Commentary (2003).

Robert J. Lieber. “Foreign Policy Realists Are Unrealistic on Iraq.” Chronicle of Higher Education (2002).


Robert J. Lieber. “Perspective on Transatlantic Relations.” E!SHARP — Magazine of European Union affairs (Brussels) 2006: .

Book Reviews

Robert J. Lieber. “Rethinking America’s Grand strategy”.” Chronicle of Higher education 50.39 (2004).


Chapter 8, Postscript: The Future of the American Era, in Robert J. Lieber, THE AMERICAN ERA: POWER & STRATEGY FOR 21ST CENTURY (NY & Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Paperback edition, January 2007), pp. 203-229.