Henry R. Nau is a professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He holds a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MA and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. From January 1981 to July 1983, he served on President Reagan's National Security Council as senior director for international economic affairs.
His most recent book is Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan, to be published by Princeton University Press in August 2013. Other published books include Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and China, coedited with Deepa Ollappally (Oxford University Press, 2012); Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas, 3rd edition (CQ Press, 2011); At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy (Cornell University Press, 2002); and The Myth of America’s Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s (Oxford University Press, 1990). His most recent articles include “The Jigsaw Puzzle and the Chess Board: The Making and Unmaking of Foreign Policy in the Age of Obama,” Commentary, May 2012, and “Ideas Have Consequences: The Cold War and Today,” International Politics, July 2011.