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Political scientist Lieber awarded prestigious fellowship

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Keir A. Lieber, assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a 2007 International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The fellowship encourages qualified individuals from the academic, business, professional, government, religious and congregational communities to seek to bridge the gap between analysis and action in foreign policy by supporting a variety of policy studies and active experiences in policy making.

The grant will enable Lieber to spend one year focusing on his research project, “The Challenge of Nuclear Proliferation in an Era of U.S. Primacy,” which explores the history and trajectory of United States nuclear weapons policy. He plans to spend the time in a high level policy making setting with the National Security Council or Department of State.

Lieber, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, came to Notre Dame in 2001 from Georgetown University. An international relations scholar, he serves as a faculty fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Lieber’s research and teaching focuses on international relations theory, international conflict and security and U.S. foreign policy. He is author of the book “War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics over Technology,” which explores the relationship between technological change and the causes of war.

Contact: Keir Lieber, 574-631-0379,

Originally published by Kyle Chamberlin at on April 23, 2007.