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Barry Posen
Barry
Posen
Ford International Professor of Political Science
Director, MIT Security Studies Program
E40-463
617-253-8088

Biography

BARRY R. POSEN is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI (http://semxxi.mit.edu/). His most recent book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, was released in May 2014 (Cornell University Press 2014). He has written two earlier books, Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks (Cornell University Press 1991) and The Sources of Military Doctrine (Cornell University Press 1984 ). The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, and Ohio State University's Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. He is also the author of numerous articles, including "Civil Wars and the Structure of World Power," Daedalus, Fall, 2017, “Pull Back: The Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2013, and "Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony," International Security, (Summer, 2003.) He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2016 he was appointed Henry A. Kissinger Chair (visiting) in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, John W. Kluge Center.  He is the 2017 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS), International Studies Association, Distinguished Scholar Award.  He has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow; Rockefeller Foundation International Affairs Fellow; Guest Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; and a Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College. 

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Publications|Selected Publications

Barry R. Posen, "The Rise of Illiberal Hegemony: Trump's Surprising Grand Strategy," Foreign  Affairs, March/April 2018.

Barry R. Posen, "Civil Wars and the  Structure of World Power," Daedalus, Vol. 146, No. 4, Fall 2017.

Barry R. Posen, "Pull Back: The Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2013.

Barry R. Posen, "Overkill," (part of "The Containment Conundrum: how Dangerous is a Nuclear Iran?") Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010, pp. 160-163.

Barry R. Posen, "Emerging Multipolarity: Why Should  We Care?" Current History (November 2009) pp. 347-352.

Barry R. Posen, Breakthroughs: Armored Offensives in Western Europe, 1944. With Eric Heginbotham, Nick Beldecos, Kevin Oliveau, Jonathan Ladinsky, Brian Nichiporuk, Eugene Gholz, and Ken Pollack. July 2009.

Barry R. Posen, "Restraining Order," The American Interest, Vol. 3, No. 3, January-February 2008, pp. 94-97.

 

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Media

TV/Radio:

WBUR, Radio Open Source, September 14, 2017, "Mutually Assured Madness."

Press Conference, USA Voice of America, February 17, 2017, "US foreign policy and grand strategy,"

NPR, On Point, November 23, 2015, "Should We Go All-In On ISIS?"

KCRW, Morning Edition, August 10, 2015. "Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria."

Press:

Quoted in "Diplomacy and deterrence are our best shots for cooling nuclear fears," Globe and Mail, January 19, 2018.

Quoted in "North Korea is weak, the US is strong: Nuclear deterrence will work, if we let it," Washington Examiner, December 14, 2017.

Barry Posen's New York Times op-ed is quoted in "Tell me how Trump's North Korea gambit ends," Washington Post, December 14, 2017.

"The Price of War With North Korea," Op-Ed, New York Times, December 6, 2017.

Quoted in "On Afghanistan, Trump Should Have Gone With His Gut," WBUR's Cognoscenti, August 29, 2017.

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