John M. Owen IV

Faculty Senior Fellow

Fast Facts

  • Recipient of fellowships from the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Center of International Studies at Princeton
  • Member of the editorial board of International Security
  • Expertise on war, regime change, religion, and international security

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • War and Terrorism
  • Religion

John M. Owen is a Miller Center faculty senior fellow and Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics. He is the author of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell University Press, 1997) and The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change 1510-2010 (Princeton University Press, 2010). He is also co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Owen has published work in Foreign Affairs, International Politics, International OrganizationInternationale Politik und GesellschaftInternational SecurityInternational Studies QuarterlyPerspectives on PoliticsThe National Interest, and several edited volumes. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Center of International Studies at Princeton. His research has been funded by the MacArthur, Earhart, and Donchian Foundations. He is a member of the editorial board of International Security and a faculty fellow at the UVA Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. 

John M. Owen IV News Feed

How has the COVID-19 crisis affected the emerging rivalry between the United States and China? Has the pandemic sharpened great power competition, or highlighted the need for mutual cooperation? Miller Center experts Todd Sechser and John Owen join former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, Nanjing University China expert Zhu Feng, and and Cornell University China scholar Jessica Chen Weiss to consider how the international order has been reshuffled by the pandemic, and who could emerge in a stronger position once the crisis subsides.
John M. Owen IV Miller Center Presents
“He’s not a strategic thinker, but he has some instincts that have been consistent,” said John Owen, head of the University of Virginia’s Department of Politics. “One of those is that the U.S. has fought a lot of worthless wars, in particular Iraq and Afghanistan, and the second is that the U.S. is being exploited by freeriding allies. The problem he has is that very few in Congress agree with him.”
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Has the world gone mad? Or are we just in a period of heightened anxiety? Join us as two veteran diplomats, Ambassadors Nancy Soderberg and Eric Edelman (who is also a Miller Center senior fellow), offer their unique perspective on the state of the world and the U.S. role in it in a wide-ranging conversation with each other and audience members.
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Trump's National Security Policy: Join us today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern as Michael E. O'Hanlon of The Brookings Institution and our own John Owen look at the Trump administration's National Security Strategy and how policies are working—or not working—in the real world.
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The serial expulsions of Russian diplomats and spies by Western countries, and Russia’s retaliation, have triggered media speculation about a new Cold War. That speculation has followed conjecture about another coming Cold War, this one between China and the United States, set off by threats of a trade war and ongoing tension between the two countries over maritime rights in Southeast Asia. But for all the hand-wringing about a new Cold War, there simply aren’t the right ingredients for a renewed form of that long-term, existential struggle.
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The Miller Center is thrilled to announce its second class of senior fellows, seven accomplished academic professionals who will help the Center in its mission to provide national leaders with the history, perspective, and understanding they need to make effective decisions.