Simon Reich is a professor in the Division of Global Affairs and Department of Political Science at Rutgers, Newark and Chercheurs Associés at Le Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po. He is author, co-author and editor of 11 books and over 60 articles or book chapters. His most recent book is The End of Grand Strategy: US Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century (with Peter Dombrowski, Cornell University Press, 2018). Reich’s twelfth book will be a co-edited volume with Thierry Balzacq and Peter Dombrowski, entitled Comparative Grand Strategy: AS Framework and Cases (Oxford University Press, forthcoming June 2019). His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese and Turkish. Reich has an active online presence and has published in numerous online outlets including, more recently, The New Republic, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Washington Spectator,, Washington Monthly, and The Huffington Post.

Reich previously served as Director of Research and Analysis at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) in London and was the inaugural director of the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh. He has given talks at venues across Asia, Europe and North America, and recently completed a visiting fellowship at IRSEM, located in the Ecole Militaire in Paris. Reich divides his time between Paris and New Jersey.

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Reich's current project (with Thierry Balzacq of CERI) focuses on developing the field of comparative grand strategy. Most empirical work in the field confines itself to the study of great powers (China, Russia and mostly the United States). This is justified by the belief that grand strategies require large bureaucracies and vast militaries. Balzacq and Reich contest a series of basic assumptions held by proponents of this view. In one component of this project, with the working title ‘Reinventing Grand Strategy,’ they develop a theoretical framework that abandons rationalist assumptions and comparatively examines the theory, strategy and policy of grand strategy in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In a second component they consider the role of leadership in the formulation of grand strategy.

  • Teaching

    American Grand Strategy; Comparative grand strategy; Global Governance; and Doctoral Seminar in Theory and Methods. All taught at Rutgers Newark, NJ to masters and doctoral students.

  • Languages

    Elementary French, Modestly Fluent German and Native English.

Main Publications

Authored and co-authored books

The End of Grand Strategy: US Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century (with Peter Dombrowski), Cornell University Press, 235 pp., hardback, 2018.

Good-bye Hegemony! Power and Influence in the Global System (with Richard Ned Lebow), Princeton University Press, 190 pp., hardcover and paperback, 2014; the Shanghai People's Publishing House (in Chinese), 2016.

Global Norms, American Sponsorship and the Emerging Patterns of World Politics, Palgrave MacMillan, 235 pp., hardcover and paperback, fall 2010.

The Myth of the Global Corporation (co-authored with William Keller, Louis Pauly, and Paul Doremus), 193 pp., Princeton University Press, third hardcover edition, 1998, paperback edition, 1999. This book was translated by Toppan Ltd. and published in Japanese in 1999.

The German Predicament: Memory and Power in the New Europe (co-authored with Andrei S. Markovits), 248 pp., Cornell University Press, 1997. This book was translated and published in German under the title Das Deutsche Dilemma: Die Berliner Republik Zwischen Macht und Machtverzicht, Alexander Fest Verlag, with a foreword by Joschka Fischer, German Foreign Minister, 1998. This book was translated and published in Dutch by Standaard Uitgeverij of Belgium under the title Het Duitse Dilemma, with a foreword by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, 1998.

The Fruits of Fascism: Postwar Prosperity in Historical Perspective, Cornell University Press, hardcover and paperback editions, 341 pp., 1990.

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