Henry R. Nau

Henry R. Nau


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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Analysis and Commentary

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...

In the News

The Jigsaw Puzzle & the Chessboard

by Henry R. Nauvia Commentary
Friday, April 27, 2012

If world politics is like a great big jigsaw puzzle in which many countries have to solve many problems cooperatively—not competitively—before the final picture falls into place, then Obama’s record looks quite good. On the other hand, if the world works more like a chess match than a jigsaw puzzle, Obama’s record is troubling...

Analysis and Commentary

Lessons From the Great Expansion

by Henry R. Nauvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yes 'the middle class has shrunk'—because it's getting richer...

Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Henry R. Nauvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2010

The swing away from Bush: How far to go?

Conservative Internationalism

by Henry R. Nauvia Policy Review
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jefferson to Polk to Truman to Reagan

Why We Fight Over Foreign Policy

by Henry R. Nauvia Policy Review
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Different perspectives yield different conclusions.