Paul R. Viotti


What I do

Research, write, publish and teach courses on foreign policy, national security, and international relations theory. Participate in professional associations (APSA/IS, ISA/ISSS, IISS, IUS and the Denver Council on Foreign Relations) in which I have held leadership positions.

Professional Biography

Professor at Josef Korbel School of International Studies where I have taught since 1992. I have published a number of books and articles on foreign policy, national security, and international relations theory and have been active in the American Political Science and International Studies Associations and their International Security sections, presenting papers and chairing panels at their annual meetings. Before joining Korbel, I was on the political science faculty at the Air Force Academy (1972-92) where I was Deputy Department Head (1983-90) and Acting Head (1990-92). Retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1992 after some 30 years of service. Since 1978, I have been a member of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations, its president (1993-2003), Vice Chair (2003-17) and emeritus board member (2017-present). Finally, I am also on the Board of Advisors, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society, which I joined in 1977.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
  • MS, International Business Administration, The George Washington University, 1972
  • MA, Government, Georgetown University, 1967
  • BS, International Affairs, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1966

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Visiting Scholar (2017-18)
  • Visiting Scholar

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Institute of Strategic Studies
  • International Security Section, APSA
  • Denver Council on Foreign Relations
  • Inter-university Seminar on Armed Forces & Society

Featured Publications

  • International Relations Theory
  • The Dollar, Foreign Policy and National Security: The International Monetary Component of Hard Power
  • U.S. National Security: New Threats, Old Realities
  • International Relations and World Politics
  • Arms Control: History, Theory, Policy


  • The Realism of Kenneth Waltz—Luminary and Lightning Rod
  • Luminary and Lightning Rod: Assessing Kenneth Waltz’s Theoretical Work on IR and Security
  • Kenneth Neal Waltz—An Intellectual Portrait
  • Conflict Management—the U.S., Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China: Realism and the New Geopolitics
  • DOMA, Post-DADT and the AVF at Middle Age: The Politics of Social Integration in the U.S. Military


  • Emeritus Board Member, Denver Council on Foreign Relations (DCFR)
  • "Dedication and Faithful Service" Recognition, Denver Council on Foreign Relations (DCFR)
  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University