Henry Nau

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University

Henry R. Nau is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. He directs the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, semiannual meetings between Members of the US Congress, Japanese Diet, and Korean National Assembly. He holds a B.S. degree in Economics, Politics and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.He has taught at Williams College and as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. He is the recipient of grants from, among others, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Science Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Smith-Richardson Foundation, Century Foundation, Japan US Friendship Commission, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.From January 1981 to July 1983, he served on President Reagan’s National Security Council as senior staff member responsible for international economic affairs. Among other duties he was the White House sherpa for the Annual G-7 Economic Summits at Ottawa (1981), Versailles (1982), and Williamsburg (1983) and a special summit with developing countries at Cancun, Mexico (1982). Dr. Nau also served, in 1975-1977, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of State. In 1977 he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Council on Foreign Relations, Nau also served two years as a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.His published books include, among others, Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas, (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007; 2nd Edition 2009); At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy (Cornell University Press, 2002), also published in Japanese by Yuhikaku Press, 2006; Trade and Security: US Policies at Cross-Purposes (American Enterprise Institute Press, 1995); The Myth of America’s Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990?s (Oxford University Press, 1990; paperback with new preface, 1992), also published in Japanese by TBS Britannica, 1994; and National Politics and International Technology: Nuclear Reactor Development in Western Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974).Most recent articles and monographs include “Obama’s Foreign Policy: The Swing Away from Bush” Policy Review, No. 160, April/May 2010 (Hoover Institution, Stanford University); “Conservative Internationalism: Jefferson to Polk to Truman to Reagan” Policy Review , No 150, August/September 2008; “No Enemies on the Right”, The National Interest, No. 78 (Winter 2004/05); and Divided Diplomacy and the Next Administration: Conservative and Liberal Alternatives, (164 pp.) co-edited with David Shambaugh and published by the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, October 2004. 

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