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.


Experimental Power: The Rise and Role of America in World Affairs (Yale University Press, forthcoming).
Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses, Second Edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013).

Book Chapters

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

Journal Articles

“Navigating the Post-Obama World,” National Interest (2018).
“How the Next President Can Uproot Terrorism,” National Interest (2016).
“Why ISIS is a Threat to the American Homeland,” National Interest (2014).
“History’s Advice to Barack Obama,” National Interest (2014).
Stuart Gottlieb and Eric Lorber, “The Dark Side of Interdependence: How Global Ties Tied Our Hands in Russia,” Foreign Affairs (2014).
“Staying the Course: Why President Obama’s antiterror policies look so much like George W. Bush’s,” American Lawyer 32, no. 10 (2010).
“The Limits of Language in Fighting Terrorism,” National Interest (2010).
“A Way Forward on Terror Detainees,” American Lawyer (2009).
“Obama’s Drone-Strike Counterterrorism Policy,” Foreign Policy (2009).
“Tracking Terrorists,” Foreign Policy (2008).
“Syria and the Demise of the Responsibility to Protect,” National Interest (2013).

Other Articles

“The Lawless World of Global Terror Combatants,” Washington Monthly (11 October 2018).
“The Taming of President Trump,” Washington Monthly (2 May 2017).
Danielle Pletka and Stuart Gottlieb, “Don’t Buy the Democrats’ New Tough Talk on Iran,” The Daily Beast (17 September 2015).
“Saving Democracy in Thailand,” The Hill (10 July 2014).
“Blame the Obama Doctrine for Iraq,” Daily Beast (29 June 2014).
“Protecting Taiwan’s Free Press,” Roll Call (5 October 2012).
“What if US Stops Policing the World?” CNN Opinion (18 September 2012).
“America’s Global Role,” New York Times, Sunday Dialogue (27 March 2012).
“Obama Softened Language, Hardened Hearts,” Christian Science Monitor (14 October 2010).
“Three Keys to Fighting Terrorism,” Hartford Courant (5 December 2008).
“The Democrats’ Foreign Policy Shell-Game,” Christian Science Monitor (7 July 2008).
“Will Iraq be the Next Rwanda?” The Washington Post (15 April 2007).