Dr. Steve Yetiv is the Louis I. Jaffe Professor of International Relations at Old Dominion University, and University Professor. His research explores energy security, American foreign policy and decision making, the Middle East, globalization, and theory.
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); the Robert L. Stern Award for Outstanding Teacher from ODU's College of Arts & Letters (2007); the Burgess Award for outstanding researcher in the College of Arts & Letters (2010); and ODU's University Professor designation (2010-).
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 below.
Among his works, 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 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). The Petroleum Triangle (Cornell University Press, 2011), explains how global oil and globalization have contributed fundamentally to the rise of Al-Qaeda terrorism.
His forthcoming book (Johns Hopkins University Press, fall 2013) is National Security Through a Cockeyed Lens. It reveals how cognitive biases such as overconfidence have undermined decision making and hurt U.S. national security more than is currently understood, and explores how decision making can be improved at the individual and national level.
Dr. Yetiv 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 published over 250 opinion-editorial pieces which include essays in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune and over forty articles in the Christian Science Monitor.