Hutchings, Robert | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., College of William and Mary
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy
Research Areas
  • International Relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • European Politics
Teaching Areas
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Policy Process and Institutions

Robert Hutchings is the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and he served as dean of the school from 2010 to 2015. Before coming to UT, he was diplomat in residence at Princeton University, where he also served as assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and as faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program. His combined academic and diplomatic career has included service as director for European affairs with the National Security Council, special adviser to the secretary of state with the rank of ambassador, and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Ambassador Hutchings served earlier in his career as deputy director of Radio Free Europe and on the faculty of the University of Virginia. He is author of four books, including “American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War,” along with many articles and book chapters on U.S. foreign policy and European affairs. His most recent book, co-edited with Jeremi Suri, is “Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy” (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Media Expertise
  • Diplomacy and Statecraft
  • European politics
  • Global Security Studies
  • Transatlantic relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


Media MentionApril 25, 2018
Because of Trump folly, North Korea’s Kim has the upper hand

After months of frantic brinkmanship with North Korea, reports say President Donald Trump is now preparing for a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This would be comical if it weren’t so dangerous, says Robert Hutchings. 

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Media MentionApril 24, 2018
North Korea's jiu jitsu diplomacy is weakening US

Kim is playing a clever game of jiu jitsu diplomacy, turning the momentum of Trump’s saber-rattling back on him to achieve key North Korean goals, says Robert Hutchings. 

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Media MentionMarch 27, 2018
Donald Trump is making an appalling mess of our government and John Bolton is Exhibit A

The attacks on the 'administrative state' or 'permanent government' are attacks on democracy itself, and John Bolton is Donald Trump's latest offensive, says Robert Hutchings. 

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