Anatol Lieven

Keywords Insurgency and counter-insurgency , Terrorism , Islamist movements , Pakistan , Afghanistan and Iran , Russia and the former Soviet Union , US political culture and strategy ,

Country: United States

Organization:Michigan State University


I am Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, visiting professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. My recent 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.

I spent most of my career as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union, and am 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, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993).

I have a BA in history and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge. From 1986 to 1998 I worked as a British journalist, mainly in the former Soviet Union and South Asia. During this period I covered the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Chechen war of 1994-96 and other conflicts.

In 1998-2000 I edited Strategic Comments at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 2000-2005 I was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. In 2005 I became a senior research fellow of the New America Foundation, a position I continues to hold.