Anatol Lieven

Peter Paul Anatol Lieven is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst, currently serving as a professor at Georgetown University, visiting professor at King's College London, and fellow at the New America Foundation.[1][2][3][4]

Anatol Lieven
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Anatol Lieven at Chatham House (2012)
Peter Paul Anatol Lieven

(1960-06-28) 28 June 1960 (age 60)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation1986-1998 journalist; 1999-present academic
AwardsGeorge Orwell Prize for Political Writing (1994)
Academic background
Alma materCambridge University
Academic work
Notable works'The Baltic Revolution


Peter Paul Anatol Lieven was born on 28 June 1960 in London to Alexander Lieven and Veronica Eileen Mary (née Monahan).[5] He is the brother of Elena Lieven, Dominic Lieven, Michael Lieven, and Mrs Justice Lieven (Dame Natalie Lieven, a High Court judge of England and Wales), originally from the Lieven family of Livonia. He received a BA in history and a doctorate in political science from Jesus College, Cambridge.[1][3]



In the mid-1980s, Lieven a journalist with the Financial Times covering Pakistan and Afghanistan, while also covering India as a freelancer.[2][3][6] In the latter half of 1989, he covered the revolutions in Czechoslovakia and Romania for the Times.[2] In 1990, he worked for The Times (London) covering the former USSR, during which time he covered the Chechen War (1994-1996).[2][3] In 1996, Lieven became a visiting senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace through 1997.[2] In 1998, he edited Strategic Comments at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, while also working for the Eastern Services of the BBC.[3]


Lieven's areas of expertise and interest include: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: Terrorism, Islamist movements, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia and the former Soviet Union, US political culture and strategy.[3] He has spoken as an expert to the British Parliament and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United States Congress and United States Department of State, and the French Foreign Ministry, as well as universities and institutes.[1] In 2000 through 2005, Lieven was a Senior Associate for Foreign and Security Policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[2][3] Lieven served as chair of Chair of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King's College London. He remains a visiting professor there.[3] In 2006, Lieven became a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service at its campus in Qatar.[1][3] Since 2005, Lieven has been 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.[1][3]


  • 1994: George Orwell Prize for Political Writing for The Baltic Revolution[1][7]
  • 1993: Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review[8]
  • 1993: Yale University Press Governors' Award for The Baltic Revolution[1][4]



  • Climate Change and the Nation State (2020)
  • 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)

Chapters, BriefsEdit

  • "Realism and Progress: Niebuhr's Thought and Contemporary Challenges," in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics: God and Power (2010)
  • "The future of US foreign policy," US Foreign Policy (2008)
  • "A Spreading Danger: Time for a New Policy Toward Chechnya, Carnegie Policy Brief #35, (2005)
  • "Ambivalent Neighbors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership" with Dmitri Trenin (2003)
  • "Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry" (1999)


  • "Why global warming needs national solutions," Prospect (2020)[9]
  • "Pakistan: The Mess We Can't Ignore," New York Review of Books (2014)
  • "A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Bosnia remade: ethnic cleansing and its reversal Response," Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2012)
  • "Ghosts of Afghanistan: Hard Truths and Foreign Myths," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers," New York Review of Books (2012)
  • "Military Exceptionalism in Pakistan," Survival (2011)
  • "How the Afghan Counterinsurgency Threatens Pakistan," The Nation (2011)
  • "Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power," Perspectives on Politics (2010)
  • "The Making of Modern Afghanistan," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2010)
  • "For a New US Policy Toward Russia Washington simply cannot afford confrontation, given the challenges we face elsewhere," The Nation (2009)
  • "Political thought and international relations: variations on a realist theme," Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2009)
  • "The war in Afghanistan: its background and future prospects," Conflict, Security & Development (2009)
  • "A Difficult Country: Pakistan and the Case for Developmental Realism," The National Interest (2007)
  • "The Secret Policeman's Ball: The United States, Russia and the International Order after 11 September," International Affairs (2002)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Anatol Lieven". Georgetown University. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Anatol Lieven". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Anatol Lieven". King's College London. 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Anatol Lieven". RCW Literary Agency. 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. ^ Contemporary Authors: A Bio-bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television and Other Fields, Volume 145, p. 245, at Google Books
  6. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (1 May 2011). "Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "The Orwell Prize: 1994 Book Prize Winner". Orwell Foundation. 1994. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  8. ^ "The Baltic Revolution". Yale University Press. 1993. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  9. ^ Lieven, Anatol (1 April 2020). "Why global warming needs national solutions". Prospect. Retrieved 4 April 2020.

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