Professor Anatol Lieven
Department of War Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2670
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026
Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00 – 12.00
Areas of interest
Insurgency and counter-insurgency
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran
Russia and the former Soviet Union
US political culture and strategy
Professor Anatol Lieven is chair of international relations in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, was published in April 2011 by Penguin and was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the '2011 Books of Year'. A new edition of , America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, is published in 2012.
He spent most of his career as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union, and is author of several books on the latter region, including Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? (Yale University Press 1998) and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (USIP, 1999); and The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuan ia and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993)..
Anatol Lieven has a BA in history and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge. From 1986 to 1998 he worked as a British journalist, mainly in the former Soviet Union and South Asia. During this period he covered the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Chechen war of 1994-96 and other conflicts. He has worked as a senior fellow of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
In recent years Anatol Lieven has worked chiefly on aspects of the “war on terror”, including contemporary US global strategy and its background in US history and political culture. He writes a monthly column for the Financial Times, and is published frequently in other newspapers and journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the National Interest and a convenor of the Russia and Eurasia Security Research Group
Anatol Lieven is interested in supervising PhDs in the follwing areas:
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran
Islamist terrorism and extremism
US strategy, both in the "war on terror" and globally
US political culture
Russia and the former Soviet Union.
In 1998-2000 Professor Lieven edited Strategic Comments at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 2000-2005 he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. In 2005 he became a senior research fellow of the New America Foundation, a position he continues to hold.
In 2005 he published America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (Oxford University Press and Harper Collins), a study of the history and nature of American nationalism and its impact on US foreign policy. Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World, co-authored with John Hulsman, (Pantheon, 2006) contains an analysis of America’s strategic position, and recommendations for future strategy, drawing on the philosophical insights of Reinhold Niebuhr and Hans Morgenthau.
His book, 'Pakistan: A Hard Country' (Penguin, April 2011) was selected by the Daily Telegraph and the Economist as a '2011 Book of the Year'
A new edition of, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism is published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.