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Christopher Layne
Research Fellow

Christopher Layne is a Research Fellow with the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute and Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Professorship of International Affairs at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, LL.M. in international law from University of Virginia Law School, and J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center.

Dr. Layne has been Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami; a Fellow in the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA, Cato Institute, and Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California; MacArthur Foundation Fellow in Global Security; Visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School; Research Fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs in the Kennedy School, Harvard University; Member of the Professional Staff at the Arroyo Center, California Institute of Technology; Foreign Policy Analyst for NATO/Western Europe; Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard A. Gadbois, Jr.; Associate at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler; Partner at Blecher and Collins; and Associate at Danning, Gill Gould, Joseph and Diamond.

A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, Dr. Layne is the author of British Grand Strategy, 1933-1939 and The Peace of Illusions: International Relations Theory and American Grand Strategy After the Cold War. His articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, International History Review, International Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, National Interest, Orbis, SAIS Review, Security Studies, Washington Quarterly, and World Policy Journal.

His popular articles have appeared in the Arizona Republic, Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, New York Times, The New Republic, Reason, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on PBS’s “Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” CNN “Newsnight,” “American Interests,” CNN “Prime News Sunday,” and other television and radio programs.

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