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Steve Yetiv



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 right, below.

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 terrorism.

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.

Myths of the Oil Boom: Energy and National Security (Oxford University Press, 2015) 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 economy.

Book: Myths of the Oil Boom American National Security in a Global Energy Market 


On the causes of conflict from an interdisciplinary perspective, which includes a great cast of contributors, see **Steve A. Yetiv and Patrick James, eds., Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations (Palgrave, 2017),

Book: Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations 


On America, China, Russia and global oil security, see **Steve A. Yetiv and Katerina Oskarsson, Challenged Hegemony (Stanford University Press, January 2018),

Book: Challenged Hegemony 


Contact Information

Email Steve Yetiv

Office: 757.683.3859

Curriculum Vitae


New Books

Myths of the Oil Boom

Steve Yetiv's Page on Amazon

National Security through a Cockeyed Lens

The Petroleum Triangle

The Absence of Grand Strategy

Explaining Foreign Policy

Crude Awakenings

America and the Persian Gulf

MESH at Harvard


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