Stuart Gottlieb has been teaching American foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security for more than 15 years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he is also a member of the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies. In addition, he serves as faculty director for SIPA’s summer 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 Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000, and New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s reelection campaign in 1997 and presidential campaign in 2008.

Gottlieb is a former founding partner of Prides Crossing Executive Communication, a speechwriting and communications consulting firm based in New York, whose client list includes many well-known public officials and Fortune 500 companies. He continues to consult independently with political and business leaders, and regularly publishes op-eds and other policy-related articles. A second edition of his book Debating Terrorism & Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses was published in 2014 (CQ Press), and he is currently working on two books on U.S. foreign policy, titled Experimental Power: The Rise and Role of America in World Affairs (Yale University Press), and Founding Tensions: The Age-Old Struggles that Shape America’s Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press).

Gottlieb holds a B.A. with honors 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, 2d ed. (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013).

Principal Articles

Stuart Gottlieb, “Navigating the Post-Obama World,” National Interest, 10 June 2018.
Stuart Gottlieb, “How the Next President Can Uproot Terrorism,” National Interest, 27 May 2016.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Why ISIS is a Threat to the American Homeland,” National Interest, 20 September 2014.
Stuart Gottlieb, “History’s Advice to Barack Obama,” National Interest, 9 September 2014.
Stuart Gottlieb and Eric Lorber, “The Dark Side of Interdependence: How Global Ties Tied Our Hands in Russia,” Foreign Affairs, 5 August 2014.
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).
Stuart Gottlieb, “The Limits of Language in Fighting Terrorism,” National Interest, 21 September 2010.
Stuart Gottlieb, “A Way Forward on Terror Detainees,” American Lawyer, 2009.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Obama’s Drone-Strike Counterterrorism Policy,” Foreign Policy, 7 April 2009.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Tracking Terrorists,” Foreign Policy, 1 May 2008.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Syria and the Demise of the Responsibility to Protect,” National Interest, 5 November 2013.

Book Chapters

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

Other Articles, Testimoney and Reports

Stuart Gottlieb, “What is Putin Really After in Ukraine,” The New York Times, 7 April 2022.
Stuart Gottlieb, “The Lawless World of Global Terror Combatants,” Washington Monthly, 11 October 2018.
Stuart Gottlieb, “The Taming of President Trump,” Washington Monthly, 2 May 2017.
Stuart Gottlieb and Danielle Pletka, “Don’t Buy the Democrats’ New Tough Talk on Iran,” The Daily Beast, 17 September 2015.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Saving Democracy in Thailand,” The Hill, 10 July 2014.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Blame the Obama Doctrine for Iraq,” Daily Beast, 29 June 2014.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Protecting Taiwan’s Free Press,” Roll Call, 5 October 2012.
Stuart Gottlieb, “What if US Stops Policing the World?” CNN Opinion, 18 September 2012.
Stuart Gottlieb, “America’s Global Role,” New York Times, 27 March 2012.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Obama Softened Language, Hardened Hearts,” Christian Science Monitor, 14 October 2010.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Three Keys to Fighting Terrorism,” Hartford Courant, 5 December 2008.
Stuart Gottlieb, “The Democrats’ Foreign Policy Shell-Game,” Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2008.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Will Iraq be the Next Rwanda?,” The Washington Post, 15 April 2007.
Stuart Gottlieb, “Will the Pandemic Make China Even More Powerful?,” Washington Monthly, 17 March 2021.