Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, former Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI.
He is the author of, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy (Cornell University Press 2014), Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks (Cornell University Press 1991), and The Sources of Military Doctrine (Cornell University Press 1984). The latter won two awards: The American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award, and Ohio State University’s Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. He is also the author of numerous articles, including “Europe Can Defend Itself,” Survival, December, 2020, “The Rise of Illiberal Hegemony—Trump’s Surprising Grand Strategy,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2018, “It’s Time to Make Afghanistan Someone Else’s Problem,” The Atlantic, 2017, “Contain ISIS,” The Atlantic, 2015, “Pull Back: The Case for a Less Activist Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2013, and “Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony,” International Security, Summer, 2003.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016 he was appointed the visiting Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, John W. Kluge Center. He is the 2017 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS), International Studies Association, Distinguished Scholar Award, and in 2019 received The Notre Dame International Security Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award.