Jeffrey Lefebvre

Associate Professor

Political Science

At the sea-locked village of Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman) located across the Strait of Hormuz from the Islamic Republic of Iran (March 2008)


Professor Lefebvre received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His expertise is in American Foreign Policy, Middle East, Horn of Africa/Northeast Africa.


  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar Program Fellow (2012-2017), awarded June 2012.
  • Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Oman Cultural Immersion Study Visit, March 5-18, 2008.
  • Tel Aviv University, invited participant for TAU First Annual Workshop on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, various cities/sites in Israel, June 18-29, 2006.
  • UCONN teaching institute/research foundation travel awards for Jordan, June 12-18, 2006; Egypt, December 6-20, 1999; Morocco, January 5-17, 1999; and Turkey, January 2-18, 1998.
  • Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellows Program in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, academic study visit to Saudi Arabia, December 10-21, 1995.
  • Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellows Program in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, academic study visit to Kuwait and Syria, March 25-April 8, 1993.
  • Research grant, John F. Kennedy Library, JFK Library Foundation, May 1992.
  • Yale/Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship, Visiting Faculty Program, Yale University, 1987-1988.

Selected Scholarly Publications:

  • The Formation and Disintegration of Israel’s Alliance of the Periphery: Realignment, De-alignment, and Omni-alignment,” under review (autumn 2012), Middle East Journal.
  • Choosing Sides in the Horn of Africa: Wikileaks, the ‘Ethiopia Imperative’, and U.S. Responses to Post-9/11 Regional Conflicts, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 23, 4 (December 2012), in press.
  • Iran in the Horn of Africa: Outflanking U.S. Allies, Middle East Policy, XIX, No. 2 (Summer 2012), 117-133.
  • Oman’s Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century, Middle East Policy, XVII, No.1 (Spring 2010), 99-114.
  • Kennedy’s Algerian Dilemma: Containment, Alliance Politics and the ‘Rebel Dialogue’, Middle Eastern Studies, 35, 2 (April 1999), 61-82.
  • The United States, Ethiopia and the 1963 Somali-Soviet arms deal: containment and the balance of power dilemma in the Horn of Africa, Journal of Modern African Studies, 36, 4 (1998), 611-643.
  • Red Sea Security and the Geopolitical-Economy of the Hanish Islands Dispute, Middle East Journal, 52, 3 (Summer 1998), 367-385.
  • Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
  • Middle East Conflicts and Middle Level Power Intervention in the Horn of Africa, Middle East Journal, 50, 3 (Summer 1996), 387-404,
  • Moscow’s Cold War and Post-Cold War Policies in Africa, in Edmond Keller and Donald Rothchild, eds., Africa in the New International Order: Rethinking State Sovereignty and Regional Security (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publications, 1996), pp. 206-226.
  • Historical Analogies and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Munich, Camp David and Algeria, Middle East Policy, No. 47 (1994), 84-101.
  • Arms for the Horn: U.S. Security Policy in Ethiopia and Somalia, 1953-1991 (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991).

Works in Progress:

  • From CENTCOM to AFRICOM: Rethinking U.S. Security Policy in the Horn of Africa.
  • U.S.-Turkish Political-Military Relations in the Aftermath of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
  • Egypt, Ethiopia, and the Water Politics of the Nile: From Zero-Sum to Win-Win?
  • Friends, Enemies, and U.S. Approaches to Middle East Adversaries: Accommodation, Confrontation, or Elimination?
  • Creeping Hegemony: Strategic Disruption, the Balance of Risk, and the Transformation of U.S. Security Policy in the Persian/Arabian Gulf (book manuscript).


  • International Politics
  • Comparative Politics (Middle East)
  • The Politics of American Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and the International Politics of the ‘Greater’ Middle East–North Africa, Horn of Africa, Levant, Turkey, Arabian Peninsula, and Persian/Arabian  Gulf.

Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman)

Jeffrey Lefebvre
Contact Information
Phone(203) 251-8434
Office Location3.70