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Stephen Krasner
Director of Policy Planning
In office
February 4, 2005 – April 20, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMitchell B. Reiss
Succeeded byDavid F. Gordon
Personal details
Stephen David Krasner

February 15, 1942 (age 78)
DiedNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materCornell University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Harvard University (PhD)

Stephen David Krasner (born February 15, 1942) is an American academic and former diplomat. Krasner has been a professor of international relations at Stanford University since 1981, and served as the Director of Policy Planning from 2005 to April 2007 while on leave from Stanford.[1]


Krasner was born on February 15, 1942 in New York City.[2] He received his bachelor's degree from the Department of History at Cornell University in 1963, where he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He then earned his master's degree from Columbia University and his PhD from Harvard University.


Before coming to Stanford University in 1981, Krasner taught at Harvard University and University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as the editor of editor of International Organization from 1986 to 1992.[3]

Krasner is the author of six books and over ninety articles. He has taught courses on international relations, international political economy, international relations theory, policy making, and state-building at Stanford University. He received a dean’s award for excellence in teaching in 1991. Krasner's scholarship has focused on international regimes, and he is a leading figure in the study of Regime theory. He has also written extensively about statehood and sovereignty. Krasner has been characterized as a neorealist.

Krasner is a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.


  • Are Bureaucracies Important? (1972)
  • State Power and the Structure of International Trade" (1976)
  • Defending the National Interest: Raw Materials Investment and American Foreign Policy (1978)
  • Structural Conflict: The Third World Against Global Liberalism (1985)
  • Compromising Westphalia (1996)
  • Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy (1999)
  • Addressing State Failure (2005)
  • Building Democracy After Conflict: The Case For Shared Sovereignty (2005)
  • Power, the State, and Sovereignty: Essays on International Relations (2009)

Edited works[edit]

  • International Regimes (1983)
  • Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics (co-editor, 1999)
  • Problematic Sovereignty: Contested Rules and Political Possibilities (2001)

Selected articles[edit]

  • "Think Again: Sovereignty". Foreign Policy. November 20, 2009.


  1. ^ Department Of State. The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs. "Krasner, Stephen". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  2. ^ "Conversation with History - Stephen Krasner, 2003". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  3. ^ "FSI | CDDRL - Stephen D. Krasner". Retrieved 2020-03-07.

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