Dr. Steve Yetiv is the Louis I. Jaffe Professor of International Relations at Old Dominion University. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Departments of
State and Defense; the U.S. General Accounting Office; and CNN International where he worked on a documentary that won an Edward R. Murrow Overseas Press
Club Award. He has appeared on outlets such as CNN, CNBC, CSPAN, and NPR, and has published over 250 opeds which include essays in The
New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor.
Dr. Yetiv has been given various awards for his efforts. He received Harvard University awards for excellence in teaching (1992 and 1993); the U.S.
Secretary of State's Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. State Department for "contributions to national and international
affairs"(1996); the Virginia Social Science Association's Scholar Award (1999); the Choice Outstanding Academic Book awards (in 1998 and in 2005); and ODU
research and teaching awards.
In 2012, he won Virginia's highest research, teaching and service award (the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award),
based on the rankings of Virginia's leading professors by 30 peer academic reviewers. To view his winning nomination package, go to the sidebar to the
Research and Books
His research explores energy security, American foreign policy and decision making, the Middle East, globalization, and theory. Among his works (see
sidebar to the right for more information), Explaining Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004, 2nd ed., 2011), develops an integrated and
interdisciplinary approach that uses multiple perspectives to reveal how countries make decisions. The book has been used in full at more than 45
universities including Yale, Georgetown, Cornell, and the University of St. Andrews.
Crude Awakenings develops and applies a framework for examining threats to global oil security (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2010 in paperback; 2013
Pentagon Press and Cornell University Press).
The Petroleum Triangle (Cornell University Press, 2011), explains how global oil and globalization have contributed fundamentally to the rise of Al-Qaeda
National Security Through a Cockeyed Lens (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) reveals how cognitive biases such as overconfidence have undermined U.S.
decision making, as well as that of its adversaries, and hurt U.S. national security more than is currently understood. The book also explores how decision
making can be improved at the individual and national level.
Yetiv's new book is Myths of the Oil Boom: American National Security in a Global Energy Market (Oxford University Press, 2015). See Sidebar for more information. This book examines
the impact of the oil boom, which is a massive development in the American and global energy landscape, on world affairs, security, and global political