Daniel Drezner

Daniel Drezner

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160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

Economic statecraft; U.S. grand strategy; Global civil society; Forum-shopping in global governance; Regulatory coordination


  • M.A., Economics, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University
  • B.A., Williams College


Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics and a nonresident senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to joining The Fletcher School at Tufts University, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University.

Drezner has written seven books, including "The Ideas Industry" "All Politics is Global" and "Theories of International Politics and Zombies," and edited three others, including "The Uses and Abuses of Weaponized Interdependence." He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, He has been a contributing editor for The National Interest and wrote columns at Foreign Policy and the Washington Post. He received his B.A. in political economy from Williams College and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. 

Areas of expertise

Globalization & Trade
History & Diplomacy
International Communications & Public Diplomacy
International Finance & Monetary Policy
International Law & Organizations
International Politics
Science & Technology Policy

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago (1999-2006)
  • International Economist, Office of International Banking and Securities, Department of the Treasury (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Professor (1996-1999), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Non-resident Transatlantic Fellowship, German Marshall Fund of the United States (2005-2006)
  • International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (2000-2001)
  • John M. Olin National Security Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1996-1997)
  • Member of American Political Science Association, Council on Foreign Relations, and International Studies Association
  • Referee for American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security, and World Politics

Courses Taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


“The Perils of Pessimism: Why Anxious Nations are Dangerous Nations.” Foreign Affairs 101 (July/August 2022):  34-43.

“The Death of the Democratic Advantage?” International Studies Review 24 (June 2022):  viac017.

“The United States of Sanctions.”  Foreign Affairs 100 (September/October 2021):  142-154.

“Power and International Relations:  A Temporal View.”  European Journal of International Relations 27 (March 2021):  29-52.

“The Perils of Predictions,” Foreign Policy (Winter 2020/21):  28-33.

“The Song Remains the Same:  International Relations After COVID-19.”  International Organization 74 (December 2020):  E18-E35.

“The End of Grand Strategy.” Foreign Affairs 99 (May/June 2020):  107-117 (co-authored with Ron Krebs and Randy Schweller).

“Immature Leadership:  Donald Trump and the American Presidency.”  International Affairs 86 (March 2020): 383-400.

“Economic Statecraft in the Age of Trump.” The Washington Quarterly 42 (Fall 2019):  7-24.

“Counter-Hegemonic Strategies in the Global Economy.” Security Studies 28 (Summer 2019):  505-531.

“Technological Change and International Relations.” International Relations 33 (Summer 2019):  286-303.

“This Time is Different: Why U.S. Foreign Policy Will Never Recover.”  Foreign Affairs 98 (May/June 2019):  10-17.

“Present at the Destruction: Donald Trump and the Foreign Policy Bureaucracy.”  Journal of Politics 81 (April 2019):  723-730.

“The Angry Populist as Foreign Policy Leader:  Real Change or Just Hot Air?” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 41 (Summer 2017):  23-43.



"The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas," Oxford University Press, 2017.

"The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression," Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition," Princeton University Press, 2014.

Drezner, Daniel, ed. Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy; Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2009.

Drezner, Daniel. All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes. Princeton University Press, 2006.

Drezner, Daniel. U.S. Trade Policy: Challenges and Choices. Brookings Institution Press, 2006.

Drezner, Daniel. Locating the Proper Authorities: The Interaction of Domestic and International Institutions. University of Michigan Press, 2003.

Drezner, Daniel. The Sanctions Paradox: Economic Statecraft and International Relations. Cambridge University Press, 1999.


Drezner, Daniel. "Two Challenges to Institutionalism. In Can the World Be Governed? Possibilities for Effective Multilateralism, ed. Alan Alexandroff, Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008.


Drezner, Daniel. "Davo's Downhill Slide." Los Angeles Times, 21 January 2007, M4.

Drezner, Daniel. "Soccer Zeal Runs High, But Won't Stop Wars." San Jose Mercury News, 11 June 2006.

Drezner, Daniel. "The Grandest Strategy of Them All." The Washington Post, 17 December 2006, B1.