Henry R. Nau
- Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; former Associate Dean of the Elliott School 1988-1993 and former staff member, National Security Council, under President Ronald Reagan, January 1981- August 1983
- Suite 501 Elliott School of International Affairs
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
U.S. foreign policy, international politics, U.S. foreign economic policy; international political economy
Henry R. Nau 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 (SAIS). His latest book, Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan was published by Princeton University Press.
Professor Nau spearheaded the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program from 1989 to 2016. This Exchange convened semi-annual meetings among members of the US Congress, Japanese Diet and South Korean National Assembly. For this effort, Professor Nau was awarded in 2016 by the Japanese government The Order of the Rising Sun, Neck Ribbon with Gold Rays. Previously, he taught as Assistant Professor at Williams College (1971-73) and as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. During academic year 2011-12 he was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo- Campbell National Fellow and the Susan Louise Dyer Peace National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has received numerous grants from, among others, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Council on Foreign Relations, Century Foundation, Japan-US Friendship Commission, Rumsfeld Foundation, 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 served two years as a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
His published books include, among others:
- Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan (Princeton University Press, 2013 hardback, 2015 paperback);
- Worldviews of Rising Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan, and Russia (Oxford University Press, 2012), Co-editor and Contributor;
- Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas, (Sage/CQ Press, 2016; 5th Edition)
- 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 1990s (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).
Recent articles include:
- "Return of the Balance of Power," The National Interest, November/December 2018.
- "Trump's Conservative Internationalism: It aims at a globalism rooted in nationalism," National Review, August 2017.
- "America's International Nationalism," The American Interest, January/February 2017.
- "The Difference Reagan Made," Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2016-17.
- "The Wold We Have; the World We Want." The National Review, August 15, 2016.
- “How Restraint Leads to War: The Real Danger of the Iran Deal," Commentary Magazine, July/August 2015.
- “Conservative Internationalism,” The National Review, September 30, 2013.
- “The Best Diplomacy is Armed Diplomacy,” The Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2013.
- "The Jigsaw Puzzle & the Chessboard: The Making and Unmaking of Foreign Policy in the Age of Obama," Commentary Magazine, May 2012.
- "Ideas Have Consequences: The Cold War and today," International Politics, (July 2011).
- "No Alternative to 'Isms'," International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 55, Iss. 2, pp 487–491 (June 2011).