Henry R. Nau

Henry R. Nau

Biography: 

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.

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A President for All Seasons

by Henry R. Nauvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

There was nothing fleeting about the legacy of Ronald Reagan, and conservatives—of all people—must never forget that.

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Conservative Internationalism

by Henry R. Nauvia National Review Online
Monday, September 30, 2013

America is once again tempting fate. A broad coalition is coalescing to curtail America’s role and influence in the world. After ten years of two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the country is hightailing it home. The urge to pull back is irresistible but wrongheaded. The world does not go away when America retreats.

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Reagan Republicans

by Henry R. Nauvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, July 18, 2013
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Reagan Republicans

by Henry R. Nauvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Conservatives who dismiss the fortieth president jeopardize the future of the GOP.

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Obama Puts the World at Risk

by Henry R. Nauvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Obama Puts the World at Risk

by Henry R. Nauvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The perils of a leadership deficit in foreign policy.

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Chessboard or Puzzle

by Henry R. Nauvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

What are America’s next moves? Candidates Obama and Romney offer opposite answers. By Henry R. Nau.

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Ambitious Diplomacy, Fading Firepower

by Henry R. Nauvia National Review
Monday, August 13, 2012
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Europeans pay attention: Romney is different

by Henry R. Nauvia Transatlantic Voices
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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The Jigsaw Puzzle & the Chessboard

by Henry R. Nauvia Commentary
Monday, May 14, 2012

The making and unmaking of foreign policy in the age of Obama...

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