Daniel W. Drezner

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Daniel W. Drezner
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Born (1968-08-28) August 28, 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceNewton, MA
Education B.A. in political economy from Williams College (1990); M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University (1996)
Occupationauthor, professor, journalist, blogger
Spouse(s)Erika Drezner
ChildrenLauren, Sam
Website http://danieldrezner.com/

Daniel W. Drezner (born August 28, 1968) [1] is an American professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an author, a blogger, and a commentator. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. [2]

Tufts University private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts

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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. [3] [4]

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Political views

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." [5]

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." [6]

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Drezner was a signatory to a March 2016 open letter by Republican national security community members that opposed Donald Trump as Republican nominee for U.S. President. [7] Drezner announced in July 2017 that he is no longer part of the Republican party. [8] In October 2017, he recommended to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign. [9]

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Books and commentary

Drezner has published columns, essays, and op-eds in many media outlets, including The New Republic , [10] Foreign Affairs , [11] Foreign Policy , [12] The New York Times , Slate , [13] 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. [14] Drezner then moved to The Washington Post in 2014. [15] He has moderated and spoken at various Council on Foreign Relations events. [16]

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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." [17]

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." [18]

Drezner's 2014 book, The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression, examined the Financial crisis of 2007–2008. In it Drezner praised the international response to the crisis and said that a major economic depression was adverted. Jonathan Kirshner, in his review in the Boston Review, said the book was " smart, thoughtful, and important" but disagreed with Drezner on the issues of free trade and globalization. [19]

Selected publications


Drezner is the author of: [20] [21]

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  2. Daniel W. Drezner: Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution.
  3. "Faculty Profile Tufts Fletcher School". Fletcher.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
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  5. "Hi, my name's Dan, and I'm a RINO". foreignpolicy.com/. 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  6. "Responding to the Realists".
  7. "Open Letter on Donald Trump from GOP National Security Leaders".
  8. "Not a Republican as of November 2016".
  9. The sooner Rex Tillerson resigns as secretary of state the better (October 18, 2017)
  10. Author: Daniel W. Drezner, The New Republic
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  12. "Web of Influence – By Daniel W. Drezner and Henry Farrell". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
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  15. "Amanda Erickson and Dan Drezner join The Post's digital opinion venture". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  16. Daniel W. Drezner Professor of International Politics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Council on Foreign Relations.
  17. Review, G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs, September/October 2007
  18. Review, January 1, 2011
  19. The Neoliberal Bailout, Jonathan Kirshner, Boston Review, July 7, 2014
  20. https://books.google.com/books?as_auth=Daniel+W+Drezner
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