Anatol Lieven

Peter Paul Anatol Lieven (28 June 1960) is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst. He is 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, Associated Scholar of the Transnational Crisis Project, Chair of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King's College London.

Between 2000 and 2005, he was a Senior Associate for Foreign and Security Policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously a journalist with the Financial Times covering Central Europe, with The Times (London) covering Pakistan (where he lived during the 1980s),[1] Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, and Russia (including the First Chechen War), and wrote from India as a freelancer. He has also served as an editor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, where he worked for the Eastern Services of the BBC. He received a B.A. in history and a doctorate in political science from the University of Cambridge.[2] Lieven positions his perspective on international relations as informed by his modified realist perspective and comparative understanding of great power behavior.


Anatol Lieven is the third and youngest son and fourth child (of five children) of Alexander Lieven (of the Baltic German princely family, tracing ancestry to Liv chieftain Kaupo) by his first wife, Irishwoman, Veronica Monahan (d. 1979).[3] He is the younger brother of academics Dominic Lieven and Elena Lieven, and distantly related to Christopher Lieven (1774–1839), Ambassador to the Court of St James 1812–1834, whose wife was Dorothea von Benckendorff, later Princess Lieven (1785–1857), a notable society hostess. He is also the older brother of QC Nathalie Lieven.


Books by Anatol Lieven

  • 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) – winner of the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governors’ Award

Articles by Anatol Lieven

See also


  1. Mishra, Pankaj (1 May 2011). "Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. "Professor Anatol Lieven". King's College London. Retrieved 14 Feb 2017.
  3. Paul Theroff. Family genealogy. Retrieved 29 November 2008.

Official bios

Interviews with Anatol Lieven

Specific articles by Anatol Lieven

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