Essays on American politics and foreign policy

By Donald E. Nuechterlein

Donald Nuechterlein is a political scientist and writer who resides near Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of numerous books on American politics and foreign policy, including

  • Defiant Superpower: The New American Hegemony, 2005
  • America Recommitted: A Superpower Assesses its Role in a Turbulent World, 2000
  • A Cold War Odyssey, 1997


Donald Nuechterlein

Biographical Sketch

Donald Nuechterlein grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and received his undergraduate and PhD degrees in political. science from the University of Michigan. He served on active duty in the Navy during World War II and was commissioned in 1945. After the war he served in the U.S. occupation of Germany, in Bremerhaven and Berlin.

Don has had a long career in the U.S. government, both at home and abroad. After joining the State Department in 1952, he served in Washington, D.C., and in U.S. embassies in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Bangkok, Thailand. In 1965 he became a senior staff member in the office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD/ISA), as specialist on Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1968 he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was a founding faculty member and professor at the Federal Executive Institute. He conducted seminars on U.S. foreign policy until his retirement from government in 1988.

Don has also taught U.S. foreign policy at the George Washington University, the University of Virginia, Queen's University in Canada, the University College of Wales (Fulbright Lecturer), and the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. He was a Rockefeller scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a visiting member at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and a research fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

Dr. Nuechterlein is the author of nine books on American foreign policy, including the recently published Defiant Superpower: The New American Hegemony. It analyses American foreign policy during George W. Bush's first term. Don is a Rotarian, and he writes a monthly commentary on foreign affairs for several Virginia newspapers.

He and his wife, Mildred, have four children and six grandchildren, and they reside in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Books Authored

Defiant Superpower   America Recommitted   A Cold War Odyssey

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