Daniel W. Drezner

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Daniel W. Drezner
Born (1968-08-23) August 23, 1968 (age 53)
EducationWilliams College (BA)
Stanford University (MA, PhD)
Occupationauthor, professor, journalist, blogger
Spouse(s)Erika Drezner[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Daniel W. Drezner (born August 23, 1968)[2] is an American political scientist. He is professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is known for his scholarship and commentary on International Relations and International Political Economy.[3]


Drezner graduated from Williams College with a B.A. degree in political economy in 1990. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degree from Stanford University.[4][5] Stephen Krasner was his advisor at Stanford University.[1]

Political views[edit]

Drezner rarely discusses his political loyalties, but in 2011 he wrote: "I find liberals write 'even conservative Dan Drezner...' while conservatives often deploy terms like 'academic elitist' or 'RINO.' In my case, at this point in time, I believe that last appellation to be entirely fair and accurate. I'm not a Democrat, and I don't think I've become more liberal over time."[6]

Drezner supported the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, writing that "a successful invasion not only eliminates the Iraqi threat, but over the long run it reduces the Arab resentment that feeds Al-Qaeda."[7]

Drezner was a signatory to a March 2016 open letter by Republican national security community members that opposed Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for U.S. president.[8] Drezner announced in July 2017 that he is no longer part of the Republican Party.[9] In October 2017, he recommended resignation to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.[10]

Books and commentary[edit]

Drezner has published columns, essays, and op-eds in many media outlets, including The New Republic,[11] Foreign Affairs,[12] Foreign Policy,[13] The New York Times, Slate,[14] Tech Central Station, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also been a frequent guest on Bloggingheads.tv and various other broadcast media. He originally blogged on his website, DanielDrezner.com, but moved in January 2009 to become a contributing blogger at ForeignPolicy.com.[15] Drezner then moved to The Washington Post in 2014.[16] He has moderated and spoken at various Council on Foreign Relations events.[17]

Drezner's 2007 book, All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes, looked at international economic regulations and concluded that these were under the control of the most wealthy and powerful nations, as they had been in the past. G. John Ikenberry in Foreign Affairs comments: "His main contribution, however, is to explode a popular notion of globalization and thereby to set an agenda for the study of global regulatory politics. For social movements seeking to shape the governance of the world economy, all roads still lead to the state."[18]

Drezner's 2011 book, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, speculated about different ways the international community might respond to a zombie outbreak, although he "concedes that the statistical probability of such an event is extremely difficult to determine but generally thought to be low." Oliver Stuenkel, writing in Post-Western World, commented: "Drezner's book is a must-read for young international relations scholars, considering the vast attention this topic is likely to get in the future."[19]

Drezner's 2014 book, The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression, examines the financial crisis of 2007–2008. In it, Drezner praises the international response to the crisis and says that a major economic depression was averted. Jonathan Kirshner, in his review in Boston Review, said the book was "smart, thoughtful, and important" but disagreed with Drezner on the issues of free trade and globalization.[20]

Drezner has been characterized as one of the most influential scholars and commentators on the international political economy of money and finance.[21]

He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution.[22]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2020). The Toddler in Chief: What Donald Trump Teaches Us about the Modern Presidency. Chicago: Chicago University Press. ISBN 9780226714257
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2017). The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190264604.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2014). The System Worked: How the world stopped another Great Depression. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190263393.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2011). Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691147833.[23]
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2009). Avoiding Trivia: The role of strategic planning in American foreign policy. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780815703662.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2008). All Politics is Global: Explaining international regulatory regimes. Princeton, New Jersey Woodstock: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691096421.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2006). U.S. Trade Strategy: Free versus fair. New York Washington, D.C: Council on Foreign Relations Distributed by Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 9780876093498.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2003). Locating the Proper Authorities: The interaction of domestic and international institutions. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472027279.
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (1999). The Sanctions Paradox: Economic statecraft and international relations. Cambridge England New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521643320.

As editor[edit]

  • The Uses and Abuses of Weaponized Interdependence. Brookings Institution Press, 2021.

Peer-reviewed journal articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b Drezner, Daniel W. (1999). The Sanctions Paradox: Economic Statecraft and International Relations. Cambridge University Press. pp. xv–xvi. ISBN 978-0-521-64415-0.
  2. ^ "bio". Danieldrezner.com. 1968-08-23. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  3. ^ Pepinsky, Thomas; Steinberg, David A. (2020). "Is International Relations Relevant for International Money and Finance?". Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. Retrieved 2021-07-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Faculty Profile Tufts Fletcher School". Fletcher.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  5. ^ "Washington Post: Daniel Drezner". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hi, my name's Dan, and I'm a RINO". foreignpolicy.com/. 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  7. ^ "Responding to the Realists". Archived from the original on 2018-01-12.
  8. ^ "Open Letter on Donald Trump from GOP National Security Leaders".
  9. ^ "Not a Republican as of November 2016".
  10. ^ The sooner Rex Tillerson resigns as secretary of state the better (October 18, 2017)
  11. ^ Author: Daniel W. Drezner, The New Republic
  12. ^ "Daniel W. Drezner". Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  13. ^ "Web of Influence – By Daniel W. Drezner and Henry Farrell". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  14. ^ Ho, Tienlon. "Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  15. ^ "Daniel W. Drezner | FOREIGN POLICY". Drezner.foreignpolicy.com. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  16. ^ "Amanda Erickson and Dan Drezner join The Post's digital opinion venture". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  17. ^ Daniel W. Drezner Professor of International Politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Council on Foreign Relations.
  18. ^ Review, G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs, September/October 2007
  19. ^ Review, January 1, 2011
  20. ^ The Neoliberal Bailout, Jonathan Kirshner, Boston Review, July 7, 2014
  21. ^ Pepinsky, Thomas; Steinberg, David A. (2020). "Is International Relations Relevant for International Money and Finance?". Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide in International Relations. Georgetown University Press.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Daniel W. Drezner: Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution.
  23. ^ "Twitter / dandrezner: Due out this fall: Daniel". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-04-25.

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