Christopher Layne

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Christopher Layne (born November 2, 1949) is Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. An international relations theorist, he is a neorealist, critic of liberal internationalism and proponent of Offshore balancing.



  • Should America Promote Democracy? - A Debate, with Sean M. Lynn-Jones (MIT Press, 1998)
  • The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (Cornell, 2006)
  • American Empire: A Debate, with Bradley A. Thayer (Routledge, 2006)

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