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Conservative Internationalism
Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson,
Polk, Truman, and Reagan
By Henry R. Nau
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Henry R. Nau

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Co-Director, U.S-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program
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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 August 2013 by Princeton University Press.

Professor Nau co-directs the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, semiannual meetings between Members of the US Congress, Japanese Diet, and Korean National Assembly. 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


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