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Louis Rene Beres

Louis Rene Beres

Professor Emeritus // Political Science
Emeriti Faculty

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Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. Queens College


International Relations

Louis René Beres lectures and publishes widely on matters of terrorism, strategy and international law. The author of several early books on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism, he is closely involved with Israeli security issues, and was Chair of "Project Daniel," a group advising Israel's Prime Minister on existential nuclear questions. The group's final report, Israel's Strategic Future, had been the subject of several dozen editorial columns in some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers. Professor Beres' most recent articles have appeared in International Security (Harvard); The Harvard National Security Journal (Harvard Law School); Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs; Parameters; Journal of the U.S Army War College; Oxford University Press; and the Brown Journal of World Affairs. His opinion columns are published regularly in The Jerusalem Post; Ha'aretz (Israel); The New York Times; Los Angeles Times; Chicago Tribune; U.S. News & World Report; The Hill (U.S. Congress); Washington Times; and The Atlantic.

Selected Publications

Surviving Amid Chaos: Israel's Nuclear Strategy (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Apocalypse: Nuclear Catastrophe in World Politics (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1980), 315 pp.

Terrorism and Global Security: The Nuclear Threat (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1979), 161 pp. (2nd ed., 1987).

Security or Armageddon: Israel's Nuclear Strategy (Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, 1986), 242 pp.