Professor Anatol Lieven

Professorial Research Fellow

Expertise: Professor Lieven's current research interests include Insurgency and counter-insurgency, Terrorism, Islamist movements, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, Russia and the former Soviet Union, and US political culture and strategy.


Academia: BA in History and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Professional Background:

He is the author of widely acclaimed books, including most recently, ‘America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism’ (2004) and ‘Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World’ (2006) which he co-authored with John Hulsman, Alfred von Oppenheim Scholar in Residence at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Lieven is currently researching a book on Pakistan, a country that he has travelled widely and knows intimately.

Professor Lieven has worked for many years as a British journalist, mainly in the former Soviet Union and South Asia. He was also Editor of Strategic Comments at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London before becoming a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. In 2005 he became a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a position he continues to hold.

Anatol Lieven is currently based at King’s College in London, where he is a Professor in the War Studies Department. He is also a member of the editorial board of the prestigious foreign affairs journal, The National Interest.


Selected Publications:


Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (2006) with John Hulsman

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004)

Ukraine and Russia: Fraternal Rivals (1999)

Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (1998)

The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (1993)

Most Recent Articles and Commentaries

US ‘Reset Button’ with Russia Not So Easy, Khaleej Times (Dubai), February 10, 2009

America Must Fight for an Afghan Exit, Financial Times, February 1, 2009

Envoys to Nowhere, The National Interest Online, January 27, 2009

The Indispensable Ally, The National Interest Online, December 9, 2008

A Memo for President Obama, The National Interest Online, November 18, 2008

US Incursions Might Well Destabilize Pakistani Society, The Daily Star (Lebanon), October 10, 2008