Stuart Gottlieb

Stuart Gottlieb

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Stuart Gottlieb

International Affairs Building, Room 1328


Personal Details

Stuart Gottlieb is Professor of International and Public Affairs at SIPA, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy and international security. He also serves as faculty director for SIPA’s professional certification programs in international relations and United Nations studies, and as interim director of SIPA's International Fellows Program. He is a member of the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies.

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 City whose client list includes well-known public officials and Fortune 500 companies. He continues to consult with political and business leaders, and regularly publishes op-eds and other policy-related articles. A third edition of his book, Debating Terrorism and CounterterrorismConflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses, will be published in 2024 (Rowman & Littlefield), 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 BA in political science and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in international relations from Columbia University.


  • PhD in international relations, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA in political science and journalism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


In The Media

Geopolitical Stability

Professor Stuart Gottlieb writes about why comparing the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza requires context.

Nov 27 2023
New York Times
Geopolitical Stability

In a letter to the editor, Professor Stuart Gottlieb writes that the current challenge lies in Iran's disruptive influence and broader ambitions, necessitating concerted efforts to confront and diminish its power to achieve stability and peace in the region.

Oct 09 2023
New York Times
Geopolitical Stability

Stuart Gottlieb writes about the shifting in world order in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Sep 15 2023

Stuart Gottlieb wrote that the United States and the West should certainly welcome China’s newfound realization that it is not on a linear path to global supremacy.

Jul 26 2023
New York Times
Geopolitical Stability

On March 3, participants in the International Fellows Program once again met with top officials from several permanent missions to the UN.

Mar 07 2023