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FACULTY  :  FLYNT LEVERETT

Flynt L. Leverett

Professor Flynt LeverettEducation:
Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
B.A., B.M., Texas Christian University

An expert on the Middle East, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is part of the founding faculty for Penn State's School of International Affairs, faculty affiliate at the Dickinson School of Law, and a visiting scholar at Peking University's School of International Studies. With his wife and frequent co-author, Hillary Mann Leverett, he writes www.GoingToTehran.com, a prominent forum for realist analysis on Iran and the Middle East.

From 1992 to 2003, Prof. Leverett had a distinguished career in the U.S. Government. He served nine years as senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on the Middle East. On the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, he earned a Superior Honor Award for his contributions to forming an international coalition to fight terrorism after the 9/11 attacks and to diplomatic efforts with Libya that led to the normalization of U.S.-Libyan relations after years of estrangement. In 2002, he went to the White House to serve as the National Security Council's senior director for Middle East affairs; he left government service in 2003 because of disagreements over Middle East policy and the conduct of the war on terror.
 
Prof. Leverett has written extensively on the international relations, politics, and political economy of the Middle East and on U.S. Middle East policy. His latest book, Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran (2013), is now in paperback, with a new Afterword.  Before publication, Going to Tehran was excerpted in Harper's and highlighted by Foreign Policy as a “Book to Read in 2013.” It was also the launch point for a Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs symposium on “The U.S.-Iranian Relationship and the Future of International Order.” While controversial for many U.S. policy elites, Going to Tehran has been lauded by leading public intellectuals like Andrew Bacevich, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald.  Outside the United States, Going to Tehran was recommended by the Indian Council on Global Relations and will soon appear in Chinese. Prof. Leverett's first book, Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire (2005), was a Foreign Affairs bestseller and remains on Foreign Affairs' “What to Read on Syrian Politics” list. He also writes about global energy affairs and the implications of China's rise for the Middle East and world energy markets.    
 
Prof. Leverett has been a visiting professor at MIT and Yale and given presentations at top universities around the world, including Beijing (Peking University), Cambridge, Chicago, Georgetown, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Maryland, MIT, NYU, Tehran, Toronto, and Yale. He has been interviewed on major news and public affairs programs, including Al Jazeera (Arabic and English), BBC's Doha Debates and HARDtalk, the University of California's Conversations with History, CCTV, Charlie Rose, C-Span's Book TV and Washington Journal, NHK's Close Up Gendai, PBS Newshour, Russia Today's CrossTalk, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was featured in the BBC/PBS documentary, Israel and the Arabs: The Elusive Peace (2005) and in PBS Frontline's Showdown With Iran (2007). His articles and op-eds appear regularly in high-profile outlets, including The New York Times, Politico, Reuters, and World Financial Review
 
Prof. Leverett has testified before congressional committees and addressed foreign ministries and strategic research institutes in Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. He has been a peer reviewer for the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook and a consultant to the World Economic Forum's “Gulf Cooperation Council and the World 2025” scenarios project. He has spoken at the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs, the East-West Institute, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and other prestigious venues. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
 
Contact Information:
E-mail:  
fll10@psu.edu
Courses
 
Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy (cross-listed with Dickinson School of
Law)
Dynamics of International Economic Order: Law, Politics, and Power (cross-listed with
            Dickinson School of Law) 
The United States and the Middle East 
The United States and Iran 
Globalization and Grand Strategy: The United States, Rising Asia, and the Persian Gulf in the
            21st Century  
 
Selected Publications

Books
 
Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic of Iran (Metropolitan, 2013) [with Hillary Mann Leverett]; paperback ed., Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran [with new Afterword] (Picador, 2013)  
Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire (Brookings, 2005) [Arabic ed., Arab Scientific Publishers, 2005]
The Road Ahead: Middle East Policy in the Bush Administration's Second Term (Brookings, 2005) [ed. and contributor]
 
Monographs
 
Moving (Slightly) Closer to Iran: China's Shifting Calculus for Managing Its “Persian Gulf Dilemma”, Asia-Pacific Policy Papers (Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2009) [with John Garver and Hillary Mann Leverett]
 
Academic articles/chapters
 
The Iranian Nuclear Issue, the End of the American Century, and the Future of International Order,” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2013) 
The Balance of Power, Public Goods, and the Lost Art of Grand Strategy: American Policy toward the Persian Gulf and Rising Asia in the 21st Century,” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, 1, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [with Hillary Mann Leverett].  
Consuming Energy:  Rising Powers, the International Energy Agency, and the Global Energy Architecture” in Rising States, Rising Institutions:  Challenges for Global Governance, A. Alexandroff and A. Cooper, eds. (Brookings for CIGI, 2010) 
Resource Mercantilism and the Militarization of Resource Management: Rising Asia and the Future of American Primacy in the Persian Gulf,” in Energy and Global Politics: The Militarization of Resource Management, D. Moran and J. Russell, eds. (Routledge, 2008)
 
Other articles/op-eds
 
America's Moment of Truth on Iran,” The Diplomat, Nov. 4, 2013 [with Hillary Mann Leverett] 
America's Iran Policy and the Undermining of International Order,” World Financial Review, July-Aug. 2013 [with Hillary Mann Leverett] 
Rouhani Won the Iranian Election. Get Over It.,” Al Jazeera, June 16, 2013 [with Hillary Mann Leverett and Seyed Mohammad Marandi]     
Another Iranian Revolution? Not Likely,” New York Times, Jan. 5, 2010 [with Hillary Mann Leverett]
Will Iran Be President Obama's Iraq?,” Politico, June 24, 2009 [with Hillary Mann Leverett and Seyed Mohammad Marandi]
Ahmadinejad Won. Get Over It.,” Politico, June 16, 2009 [with Hillary Mann Leverett]
Have We Already Lost Iran?,” New York Times, May 23, 2009 [with Hillary Mann Leverett]
 
Media Interviews
 
 “Syria: Has the Qusayr round ended—and what are its implications?Min ad-Dâkhil (From the Inside), Al Mayadeen, July 7, 2013 [starts at 2:40, after Arabic-language intro] 
Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Conversations with History (UCTV), May 24, 2013
Going to Tehran,” Conversations from Penn State (WPSU), May 2, 2013
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett on Iran,” Charlie Rose, March 29, 2010
The Iraq Oil Equation,” On Point (NPR), Sept. 20, 2007