Anatol Lieven

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Lieven at Chatham House in 2012

Peter Paul Anatol Lieven (28 June 1960) is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst. He is a Senior Researcher (Bernard L. Schwartz fellow and American Strategy Program fellow) at the New America Foundation, where he focuses on US global strategy and the War on Terrorism, Associated Scholar of the Transnational Crisis Project, Chair of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King's College London.

Between 2000 and 2005, he was a Senior Associate for Foreign and Security Policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously a journalist with the Financial Times covering Central Europe, with The Times (London) covering Pakistan (where he lived during the 1980s),[1] Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, and Russia (including the First Chechen War), and wrote from India as a freelancer. He has also served as an editor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, where he worked for the Eastern Services of the BBC. He received a B.A. in history and a doctorate in political science from the University of Cambridge.[2] Lieven positions his perspective on international relations as informed by his modified realist perspective and comparative understanding of great power behavior.


Anatol Lieven is the third and youngest son and fourth child (of five children) of Alexander Lieven (of the Baltic German princely family, tracing ancestry to Liv chieftain Kaupo) by his first wife, Irishwoman, Veronica Monahan (d. 1979).[3] He is the younger brother of academics Dominic Lieven and Elena Lieven, and distantly related to Christopher Lieven (1774–1839), Ambassador to the Court of St James 1812–1834, whose wife was Dorothea von Benckendorff, later Princess Lieven (1785–1857), a notable society hostess. He is also the older brother of QC Nathalie Lieven.


Books by Anatol Lieven

  • Pakistan: A Hard Country (2011); as a Penguin pocketbook (2012)
  • Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (2006) with John Hulsman
  • America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004)
  • Ukraine and Russia: Fraternal Rivals (1999)
  • Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (1998)
  • The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (1993) – winner of the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governors’ Award

Articles by Anatol Lieven

  • Book TV (C-SPAN) interview of Ralph Peters
  • New America Foundation
  • Financial Times
  • International Herald Tribune
  • London Review of Books
  • Le Monde Diplomatique
  • The Guardian
  • Atlantic Monthly
  • The Nation
  • The New Statesman
  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Prospect

See also


  1. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (1 May 2011). "Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Professor Anatol Lieven". King's College London. Retrieved 14 Feb 2017. 
  3. ^ Paul Theroff. Family genealogy. Retrieved 29 November 2008.

External links

Official bios

  • Georgetown University (SFS Qatar)
  • King's College
  • New America Foundation
  • AP Watt
  • Random House
  • Oxford University Press
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

Interviews with Anatol Lieven

  • 2011.05.28 Interview with Anatol Lieven about "Pakistan: A Hard Country" in
  • National Public Radio interviews
  • BBC online interviews
  • Chicago Public Radio interviews
  • 2006.03.06 Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria (PBS, TV episode 209)
  • 2005.09.25 Instituto Portugês de Relações Internacionais
  • 2005.01.04 On Point (WBUR radio)
  • 2004.12.01 Asia Source
  • 2004.05.06 Conversations with History (Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley)
  • 2003.09.08 CNN
  • 2003.07.18 BBC
  • 2002.05.31 USA Today
  • 2000.03.23 CNN
  • undated City Paper of Baltic States
  • Video discussion/debate with Lieven and Anne-Marie Slaughter on

Specific articles by Anatol Lieven

  • 2008.10.01 "Heeding the lessons of another war with Maleeha Lodhi in International Herald Tribune
  • 2007.03.26 "To Russia with Realism in The American Conservative
  • 2007.03.17 "Eliot Cohen and Democratic Responsibility in The National Interest
  • 2007.03.08 "Pakistan is the Priority" in The International Herald Tribune
  • 2006.12.28 "The End of the West As We Know It" in The International Herald Tribune
  • 2006.07.23 "Bush's Middle East Democracy Flop in The Los Angeles Times
  • 2006.04.12 "How to Get Out of the Iran Trap" in The Washington Post
  • 2006.03.19 "Why Are We Reheating the Cold War?" in The Los Angeles Times
  • 2006.03.xx "A Long Voyage: As in India, the maintenance of social peace requires strict controls on free expression" in Prospect (UK)
  • 2006.02.13 "Limits of Propaganda" in The Los Angeles Times
  • 2003.07.19 "The Empire Strikes Back in The Nation
  • 2002.10.03 "The Push for War in The London Review of Books
  • Paul Theroff. Family genealogy
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