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Professor publishes book on politics, technology, causes of war

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Keir A. Lieber, assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, examines technological change as a cause of conflict in a new book published this month by Cornell University Press.

In “War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics over Technology,” Lieber examines the relationships among politics, technology and the causes of war and explores the military and political implications of the spread of railroads, emergence of rifled small arms and artillery, introduction of battle tanks and the nuclear revolution. He concludes that technology is neither a cause of international conflict, nor a panacea.

Lieber, a faculty fellow at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Nanovic Institute for European Studies, specializes in international relations theory, international conflict and security, and U.S. foreign policy. He previously taught at Georgetown University and held fellowships from the Brookings Institution, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Andrew Mellon, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, and Smith Richardson Foundations.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Lieber earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

Contact: Keir Lieber, 574-631-0379,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on December 15, 2005.