University Distinguished Professor, Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security, Professor of International Affairs
Phone: (979) 845-6589
Christopher Layne is University Distinguished Professor of International Affairs and the Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His fields of interest are international relations theory, great power politics, U.S. foreign policy, and grand strategy. Professor Layne has written two books: The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2006) and (with Bradley A. Thayer) American Empire: A Debate (Routledge, 2006). His current book project, After the Fall: International Politics, U.S. Grand Strategy, and the End of the Pax Americana, is under contract with Yale University Press. Additionally, he has contributed extensively to the debates about international relations theory and American grand strategy in such scholarly and policy journals as International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International History Review, Security Studies, International Politics, Review of International Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, the Chinese Journal of International Politics, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, The Washington Quarterly, World Policy Journal, and Orbis. Professor Layne has been a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, Financial Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Australian. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Editorial Board of both International Security and Security Studies. He previously served a term as a member of the Governing Council of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. In 2014, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. He previously served as an Intelligence Community Associate. During fall 2020, he served on a Council of Foreign Relations Study Group on United States-Taiwan Relations.