Ivan R. Eland is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Independent Institutes Center on Peace & Liberty. Dr. Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an M.B.A. in applied economics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University.
He was previously Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and he spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He also has served as Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office). He has testified on the military and financial aspects of NATO expansion before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CIA oversight before the House Government Reform Committee, and on the creation of the Department of Homeland Security before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dr. Eland is the author of War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure; Eleven Presidents: Promises vs. Results in Achieving Limited Government; Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq; Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty; The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed; No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East; The Failure of Counterinsurgency: Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom Won; and Putting Defense Back into U.S. Defense Policy. He has two books in the pipeline to be published: Piercing the Fog of War: The Scourge of War Begins and Ends at Home and U.S. Role in a New Multipolar World: Less Military Intervention Brings More Security with Fewer Costs. He is a contributor to numerous other volumes and the author of 45 in-depth studies on national security issues.
His articles have appeared in American Prospect, Arms Control Today, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Emory Law Journal, The Independent Review, Issues in Science and Technology (National Academy of Sciences), Mediterranean Quarterly, Middle East and International Review, Middle East Policy, Nexus, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Conservative, International Journal of World Peace, The National Interest, and Northwestern Journal of International Affairs.
Dr. Elands popular writings have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Newsday, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, Washington Times, Providence Journal, The Hill, Daily Caller, Inside Sources, and Defense News.
He has appeared on ABCs World News Tonight, NPRs Talk of the Nation, PBS, Fox News Channel, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNN-fn, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Canadian TV (CTV), Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, BBC, TRT World, CGTN, Asharq TV, Al Arabiya, RTVi, and other local, national, and international TV and radio programs.