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 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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Media MentionDecember 8, 2017
How do diplomatic services around the world ensure their governments have a steady supply of the most effective professional envoys?

LBJ School students, under the guidance of LBJ Professors Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri, examined the practices of diplomatic services in other major countries to see what lessons could be helpful in improving the effectiveness of American diplomacy. This report is a follow up to a policy research project released in April 2017.

Read the LBJ School's piece on the policy research project:

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Media MentionAugust 16, 2017
Opinion: What America needs to understand, and do, about Russia

If anything positive can be said to emerge from the alarming revelations of Russian meddling in our presidential election, it is that the blowback seems to have forced President Donald Trump to back away from the cozy relationship he was trying to develop with Vladimir Putin. Yet we also need to avoid a dangerous slide toward confrontation. Having negotiated with Russians during my diplomatic career, I know we must deal with Russia and we need a set of guiding principles to move us forward, writes LBJ professor Robert Hutchings. 

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