Stuart Gottlieb

Adjuct Professor of International Affairs, SIPA

1329 International Affairs

Stuart Gottlieb is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Gottlieb teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security. He also serves as Faculty Director for SIPA’s certificate program in International Relations.

Prior to joining SIPA in 2003, Gottlieb worked for five years in the United States Senate, first as senior foreign policy adviser to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York and subsequently as policy adviser and chief speechwriter for Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut. He has also worked on several political campaigns, including New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s reelection campaign in 1997 and presidential campaign in 2008.

Gottlieb holds a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University.



Stuart Gottlieb, Experimental Power: The Rise and Role of America in World Affairs (Yale University Press, forthcoming).

Stuart Gottlieb, Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses, Second Edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013).

Book Chapters

Stuart Gottlieb, “Change and Continuity in America’s Counterterrorism Strategy under Obama,” US Foreign Policy Today: American Renewal?, ed. Steven Hook and James Scott (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012).

Journal Articles

Stuart Gottlieb, “Navigating the Post-Obama World,” National Interest, June 10, 2018.

Stuart Gottlieb, “How the Next President Can Uproot Terrorism,” National Interest, 27 May 2016.

“Why ISIS is a Threat to the American Homeland,” National Interest, September 20, 2014.

“History’s Advice to Barack Obama,” National Interest, September 9, 2014.

“The Dark Side of Interdependence: How Global Ties Tied Our Hands in Russia,” Foreign Affairs, August 5, 2014 (with Eric Lorber).

Stuart Gottlieb, “Staying the Course: Why President Obama’s antiterror policies look so much like George W. Bush’s,” American Lawyer 32, no. 10 (2010): 55.

Stuart Gottlieb, “The Limits of Language in Fighting Terrorism,” National InterestSeptember 19, 2010.

“A Way Forward on Terror Detainees,” American Lawyer, September, 2009.

Stuart Gottlieb, “Obama’s Drone-Strike Counterterrorism Policy,” Foreign Policy, April 7, 2009.

Stuart Gottlieb, “Tracking Terrorists,” Foreign Policy, May 1, 2008.

“Syria and the Demise of the Responsibility to Protect,” National Interest, November 5, 2013.

Other Articles

Stuart Gottlieb, “The Lawless World of Global Terror Combatants,” Washington Monthly, October 11, 2018.

Stuart Gottlieb, “The Taming of President Trump,” Washington Monthly, May 2, 2017.

Stuart Gottlieb, “The Taming of President Trump,” Washington Monthly, May 2, 2017.

Danielle Pletka and Stuart Gottlieb, “Don’t Buy the Democrats’ New Tough Talk on Iran,” The Daily Beast, 14 September 2015.

“Saving Democracy in Thailand,” The Hill, July 10, 2014.

“Blame the Obama Doctrine for Iraq,” Daily Beast, June 29, 2014.

“Protecting Taiwan’s Free Press,” Roll Call, October 5, 2012.

Stuart Gottlieb, “What if US Stops Policing the World?” CNN Opinion, September 18, 2012.

Stuart Gottlieb, “America’s Global Role,” New York Times, Sunday Dialogue, March 27, 2012.

“Obama Softened Language, Hardened Hearts,” Christian Science Monitor, October 14, 2010.

Stuart Gottlieb, “Three Keys to Fighting Terrorism,” Hartford Courant, December 5, 2008.

Stuart Gottlieb, “The Democrats’ Foreign Policy Shell-Game,” Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2008.

Stuart Gottlieb, “Will Iraq be the Next Rwanda?” The Washington Post, April 15, 2007.