International Politics

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 20–44 | Cite as

Knowledge without power: International relations scholars and the US war in Iraq

  • James D LongEmail author
  • Daniel Maliniak
  • Susan M Peterson
  • Michael J Tierney
Original Article


In this article we present several important first steps toward understanding the role of academics in shaping US foreign policy – identifying their policy views on one of the most salient foreign policy issues of this generation, the US War in Iraq; exploring how those views differ from public opinion more generally; and assessing the extent to which scholarly opinion was reflected in the public debate. To determine how IR scholars’ views on the invasion of Iraq differed from those of the public, we compare the answers of IR scholars at US colleges and universities to those of the US public on similar opinion survey questions. To this end, we analyze data from a unique series of surveys of IR scholars conducted by the Teaching, Research, and International Policy project.


Iraq war public opinion international relations discipline foreign policy theory and practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D Long
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Maliniak
    • 2
  • Susan M Peterson
    • 2
  • Michael J Tierney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Science, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Government, College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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