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G John
Ikenberry

Associate Fellow

G John Ikenberry is the Albert G Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Professor Ikenberry is the author of After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Princeton, 2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book in international history and politics. The book has been translated into Japanese, Italian and Chinese.

His book Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American System was published in 2012. A collection of his essays, entitled Liberal Order and Imperial Ambition: American Power and International Order, was published in 2006.

Professor Ikenberry is the author and editor of many other books. He is the co-author of State Power and the World Economy, which was published in 2002 by Norton Press. He has also edited a book entitled American Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power. (Cornell, 2002) and co-edited The Nation State in Question (Princeton, 2003) which examines the changing capacities and roles of the modern state.

Professor Ikenberry is also the author of Reasons of State: Oil Politics and the Capacities of American Government (Cornell, 1988); and The State, with John A. Hall (Minnesota, 1989), which has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish, and Japanese.

He is author and co-editor of The State and American Foreign Economic Policy, with Michael Mastanduno and David Lake (Cornell, 1988). He has also edited a volume, with Michael Doyle, on New Thinking in International Relations (Westview, 1997). He is co-editor with Michael Cox and Takashi Inoguchi of US Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts (Oxford, 2000) and co-editor with Michael Mastanduno of International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (Columbia, 2003). He has published in all the major academic journals of international relations and written widely in policy journals.

Professor Ikenberry has held a variety of fellowships. During 2002-04, Professor Ikenberry was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. During 1998-99, Professor Ikenberry was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. During 1997-98, Professor Ikenberry was an Hitachi International Affairs Fellow, awarded by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and spent the year affiliated with the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo.

Professor Ikenberry has also been awarded major grants by the US-Japan Foundation and the Committee for Global Partnership for a multi-year project on 'United States and Japanese Collaboration on Regional Security and Governance'. Professor Ikenberry is co-faculty director of the Princeton Project on National Security, which is a large, collaborative multi-year project that is examining the changing character of America’s international security environment. He serves on the editorial committee of World Politics and he is co-editor of the leading Japanese journal of international relations, International Relations of the Asia Pacific.

Among many activities, Professor Ikenberry has served as a member of an advisory group at the State Department in 2003-04. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Henry Kissinger-Lawrence Summers commission on the Future of Transatlantic Relations, which issued a report in 2004. He chaired a study group on 'Democracy and Discontent' at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993-94, served as a senior staff member on the 1992 Carnegie Commission on the Reorganization of Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy (the 'Holbrooke Commission'), and co-authored Atlantic Frontiers: A New Agenda for US-EC Relations, (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1993).

He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is also the reviewer of books on political and legal affairs for Foreign Affairs.

Professor Ikenberry started his career at Princeton in 1984 and he has also held posts at the State Department (Policy Planning staff) (1991-92) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Senior Associate) (1992-93). Ikenberry has also been a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1997-2002). He previously taught at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania (1993-1999).

He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1985.