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Jakub Grygiel – Associate Professor


Jakub Grygiel is an  associate professor  at the Catholic  University of America (Washington, DC). In 2017-2018 he was a senior advisor in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and on the faculty of SAIS-Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He is the author of Return of the Barbarians (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Great Powers and Geopolitical Change (JHU Press, 2006), and co-author with Wess Mitchell of The Unquiet Frontier (Princeton University Press, 2016). His writings on international relations and security studies have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, The National Interest, Commentary, Parameters, as well as several U.S. and foreign newspapers.He earned a Ph.D., M.A. and an MPA from Princeton University, and a BSFS Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University.


Publications, Presentations, and Media


Return of the Barbarians (Cambridge University Press, hardcover and paperback 2018; Italian edition forthcoming)
Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power, co-authored with Wess Mitchell (Princeton University Press, 2016; paperback 2017; Japanese and Hungarian editions 2018)
Great Powers and Geopolitical Change (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006; paperback 2011)


“Return of the Barbarians.”

             George Mason University, September 2018.

            Alexander Hamilton Society, DC, September 2018.

“The Return of Europe’s Nation-States.”

            Bradley Foundation Conference (Chicago, IL), May 2017.

            Hillsdale College, April 2017.

            Duke University, October 2016.

            University of Dallas, September 2016.

“Tacitus: A Classic of Strategy.” Standing Group on International Relations (SGRI) conference, plenary lecture, Trento (Italy). June 2016.

“Humanitarian Intervention.” Boston College, April 2016. 


“The Need for Allies,” National Review (November 2018)

“The Benefits of Having an Enemy,” The American Interest(October 2018) (with Wess Mitchell)

“Pressure on the Peripheries,” The American Interest (May/June 2016) 

 “A Preclusive Strategy to Defend the NATO Frontier,” (with Wess Mitchell) The American Interest (December 2014)


Honors and Appointments

Senior Advisor, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. State Department


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  • POL 212 – Introduction to International Relations
  • POL 431 – Classics of International Relations
  • POL 460A – Grand Strategies of War and Peace 
  • POL 364 – Thucydides: War and Strategy


Princeton University
Princeton, NJ – Ph.D., 2002

Princeton University 
Princeton, NJ – M.A., 1999

Georgetown University 
Washington,  DC – B.A., 1995               


Areas of Expertise

  • International Relations
  • Grand Strategy
  • Europe