Anatol Lieven

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Lieven at Chatham House in 2012

Peter Paul Anatol Lieven (28 June 1960) is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst. He is a Senior Researcher (Bernard L. Schwartz fellow and American Strategy Program fellow) at the New America Foundation, where he focuses on US global strategy and the War on Terrorism, Associated Scholar of the Transnational Crisis Project, Chair of International Relations and Terrorism Studies at King's College London.

Between 2000 and 2005, he was a Senior Associate for Foreign and Security policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously a journalist with the Financial Times covering Central Europe, with The Times (London) covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, and Russia (including the First Chechen War), and wrote from India as a freelancer. He has also served as an editor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, where he worked for the Eastern Services of the BBC. He received a B.A. in history and a doctorate in political science from Jesus College, Cambridge.


Anatol Lieven is the third and youngest son and fourth child (of five children) of Alexander Lieven (of the Baltic German princely family, tracing ancestry to Liv chieftain Kaupo) by his first wife, Irishwoman, Veronica Monahan (d. 1979).[1] He is the younger brother of academics Dominic Lieven and Elena Lieven, and distantly related to the Christopher Lieven (1774–1839), Ambassador to the Court of St James 1812–1834, whose wife was Dorothea von Benckendorff, later Princess Lieven (1785–1857), a notable society hostess. He is also the older brother of QC Nathalie Lieven.


Books by Anatol Lieven[edit]

  • Pakistan: A Hard Country (2011); as a Penguin pocketbook (2012)
  • Ethical Realism (2006) with John Hulsman
  • America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (2004)
  • Ukraine and Russia: Fraternal Rivals (1999)
  • Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (1998)
  • The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (1993) – winner of the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governors’ Award.

Articles by Anatol Lieven[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Theroff. Family genealogy. Retrieved 29 November 2008.

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Interviews with Anatol Lieven[edit]

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