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)

Background/Expertise:

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.

Awards/Fellowships:

  • 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).

Teaching:

  • 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
Emailjeff.lefebvre@uconn.edu
Phone(203) 251-8434
Office Location3.70