- Steven Lobell (2020). Preventive military strike or preventive war? The fungibility of power resources. Taylor and Francis.
- Steven Lobell (2020). Why Israel launched a preventive military strike on Iraq’s nuclear weapons program (1981): The fungibility of power resources. Taylor and Francis.
Steven E. Lobell is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.
- Bio: Steven Lobell brings talent and a career of experience in identifying and promoting significant and emerging areas at the nexus of international security and international relations; encouraging research collaborations by bringing scholars, students, and policymakers together; and generating outcomes such as publications, grants, sponsored research, a new degree program and conferences
Publications: Steven has published seven single, co-edited, and co-authored books (including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Stanford University Press), twenty-four peer review journal articles, and sixteen book chapters.
Research: Steven’s areas of research include: Neoclassical Realism, Political Economy of Security, Near-Crisis and Crisis Escalation, Grand Strategy, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Emerging and Weak States. He teaches courses on American Foreign Policy, Rise and Decline of the Great Powers, International Relations, and the Foundations of International Security. His research is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, building on political science, economics, 19th and 20th century diplomatic history, decision making, security studies, and area/regional studies (Middle East and Asia).
Grants/Fellowships/Awards: Steven Lobell is the PI of a Minerva Research Initiative and Office of Naval Research award ($1,179,073), “Power Projection, Deterrence Strategies, and Escalation Dynamics in an Era of Challenging Near Peers, Rogue States, and Terrorist and Insurgent Organizations.” His current book project, A Granular Theory of Balancing, received funding from the Charles Koch Foundation. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar award (Israel), a visiting fellowship at The Nobel Institute, funding from the Israel Institute and the Betty Glad Award, the Superior Research Award, and a University Teaching Award. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Security Studies and the Journal of Strategic Studies.
Key Words: International Security, Neoclassical Realism, Near-Crisis Escalation, Grand Strategy, Weak States, American Foreign Policy, Political Economy of Security
- Grant Incentive Course Release (fall 2020)
- “The Liberal International Trading Order (LITO) in an Era of Shifting Capabilities: Peers, Near-Peers, and The Durability of the Liberal Trade Regime,” International Affairs, forthcoming 2021, with Jordan Ernstsen.
- “Preventive military strike or preventive war? The fungibility of power resources,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, published online, 2021.
- “Why Israel launched a preventive military strike on Iraq’s nuclear weapons program (1981): The fungibility of power resources,” Journal of Strategic Studies, published online, 2020.
- “Correspondence: Neoclassical Realism and Its Critics,” International Security Vol. 43, No. 2 (Fall 2018), 193-203, with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Norrin M. Ripsman.
- “Granular Theory of Balancing,” International Studies Quarterly Vol. 62, No. 2 (2018), 593-605
- “Is Peaceful Change in World Politics Always Desirable? A Neoclassical Realist Perspective,” International Studies Review, Vol. 20, No. 2 (June 2018), 283-291, with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Norrin M. Ripsman.
“REALISM AND THE CHANGING INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM: WILL CHINA AND RUSSIA CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO?” THE CHINA AND EURASIAN FORUM QUARTERLY VOL. 8, NO. 4 (2010): 129-151, WITH KATHLEEN J. HANCOCK
- "Neoclassical Realism: Domestic Politics, Systemic Pressures, and the impact on Foreign Policy since the Arab Spring,” with Norrin M. Ripsman, Larry Rubin, and Thomas Juneau, in The Routledge Handbook of the International Relations in the Middle East, Shahram Akbarzadeh, eds., (London: Routledge, 2019), 8-22. (https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-International-Relations-in-the-Middle-East/Akbarzadeh/p/book/9780367730932)
- Steven E. Lobell and Brad Nicholson, “Structural Modifiers, the Non-Proliferation Treaty Regime, and Fostering a Less Competitive International Environment,” in International Institutions and Power Politics: Theory and Practice in the Twenty-First Century, T.V. Paul and Anders Wivel, eds., (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019).
- “How Should the US respond to a Rising China?” in Will China’s Rise be Peaceful? Asle Toje, ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 349-362.
- “Realism, Balance of Power, and Power Transitions,” in Accommodating Rising Powers: Past, Present and Future, T.V. Paul, ed., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2016), 33-52.
- Norrin M. Ripsman and Steven E. Lobell, “Introduction: Conceptualizing the Political Economy of Regional Transitions.” The Political Economy of Regional Peacemaking (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016)
- Steven E. Lobell, “Chapter Two: The Second Face of Regional Peacemaking: Israel and Jordan, 1985-2001.” The Political Economy of Regional Peacemaking (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016)
- “Balance of Power Theory,” Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199743292/obo-9780199743292-0083.xml
- Beyond Great Powers and Hegemons: Why Secondary States Support, Follow, or Challenge (Stanford University Press, 2012), with Kristen P. Williams and Neal G. Jesse, eds.
- Steven E. Lobell, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, and Norrin M. Ripsman, “Introduction: Grand Strategy during the Interwar Years,” 1-36. The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Norrin M. Ripsman, eds.
- “From Balance of Power to Components of Power – British Grand Strategy in the 1930s,” 147-170. The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Jeffrey W. Taliaferro and Norrin M. Ripsman, eds.
- Neal G. Jesse, Steven E. Lobell, Galia Press-Barnathan, and Kristen P. Williams, “The Leader Can’t Lead When the Followers Won’t Follow: The Limitations of Hegemony.”
- “Power Disparities and Strategic Trade: Bandwagoning, Balking, and the Domestic Consequence of U.S.-Jordan Trade Concessions.”
- “Structural Realism/Offensive and Defensive Realism” in Robert Denemark et. al. eds., The International Studies Compendium Project (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 6651-6669.
- Neoclassical Realism, The State, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009), with Norrin M. Ripsman, and Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, eds.
- Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Steven E. Lobell, and Norrin M. Ripsman, “Introduction: Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy,” 1-41.
- “Threat Assessment, the State, and Foreign Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Model,” 42-74.
- Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, and Steven E. Lobell, “Conclusion: The State of Neoclassical Realism,” 280-299
- Reprints of Chapter One:
- “Introduction” reprinted in: Foreign Policy Analysis (Sage Publications, 2011), eds. Walter Carlsnaes and Stefano Guzzini.
- “Introduction” reprinted in: Realism Reader (Routledge, 2011), eds. Colin Elman and Michael Jensen.
- Steven E. Lobell and Philip Mauceri, eds., Ethnic Conflict and International Politics: Explaining Diffusion and Escalation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
- Steven E. Lobell and Philip Mauceri, Chapter 1, “Diffusion and Escalation of Ethnic Conflict,” 1-10.
- “Regional Powers and the Politics behind WMD Proliferation,” in The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence, and Pre-emption in the New Security Environment, edited by Graham F. Walker (March, 2006). Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, pp. 300-315.
- Arthur A. Stein and Steven E. Lobell, "Geostructuralism and International Politics: The End of the Cold War and the Regionalization of International Security," in Regional Orders: Building Security in a New World, edited by David Lake and Patrick Morgan (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997): 101-122.
NON-PEER REVIWED PUBLICATIONS
- international relations
- “Studying Security: A Multidisciplinary Perspective,” EISS Keynote Roundtable, Lisbon, Portugal, September 3, 2021. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/03/2021.
- Panel Chair, "International and Regional Security: The Causes of War and Peace," International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 4-7, 2018). Conference Paper, Presented, 05/2018.
- 2021 Minerva Virtual Policy Discussion Series, Research Professor. Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2021 Minerva Virtual Policy Discussion Series. 10/12/2021 - 10/28/2021.
- Neoclassical Realism, the State and Foreign Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2009.