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Anatol Lieven

Professor, War Studies Department at King’s College London

Anatol Lieven is a professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. In September 2014 he is taking up a professorship at Georgetown University in Doha, Qatar.

Mr. Lieven’s areas of expertise include U.S. strategy and political culture, Islamist terrorism and insurgency, contemporary warfare, the countries of the former Soviet Union and the greater Middle East (especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran).

His latest book, “Pakistan: A Hard Country,” was published in 2011-12 by Penguin in the UK, Public Affairs in the United States, and Oxford University Press in Pakistan. It is based on his time as a journalist in Pakistan in the late 1980s and extensive research on the ground in recent years.

From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Lieven worked as a British journalist in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe for The Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of several books on Russia and its neighbours, including “Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry” (1999).

From 2000 to 2007, he worked at think tanks in Washington, DC, and studied U.S. foreign and domestic policies in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His book “America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism” appeared in 2004, and an updated paperback edition was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Articles by Anatol Lieven

A Peace Plan for Ukraine

What does it take to let reason prevail?

March 6, 2014

Going Hunting in Pakistan

How does a hunting trip in Pakistan provide a glimpse into the country's feudal past — and its dangerous present?

April 22, 2011

My Visit to Khanti-Mansiisk, Part II

How is the Siberian town of Khanti-Mansiisk the embodiment of Gorbachev's dreams for Russia?

June 27, 2008

My Visit to Khanti-Mansiisk, Part I

Why is Khanti-Mansiisk the perfect meeting place for the EU-Russia talks?

June 26, 2008

Assessing Putin

What drives Vladimir Putin, what dogs him — and what role will he play in the Russian state of the future?

December 4, 2007

Dining With Putin

What is it like to have Putin as a dinner host at his presidential villa?

December 3, 2007