Department of Political Science, Queens College

Peter Liberman
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Political Psychology
"Retributive Support for International Punishment and Torture," Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming. PDF

With David Pizarro, "All Politics Is Olfactory" [Op-Ed], The New York Times, October 23, 2010, p. WK12.

“Punitiveness and U.S. Elite Support for the 1991 Persian Gulf War,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 51, No. 1 (February 2007), 3-32. PDF

“An Eye for an Eye: Public Support for War against Evildoers,” International Organization, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Summer 2006), 687-722. PDF

Collaboration and resistance under occupation and empire
Does Conquest Pay? The Exploitation of Occupied Industrial Societies, Princeton Studies in International History and Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996). Buy book

“The Spoils of Conquest,” International Security, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall 1993), 125-53. PDF. Reprinted in The Perils of Anarchy: Contemporary Realism and International Security, eds. Michael E. Brown, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995), 179-207.

Nuclear proliferation and strategy
“Israel and the South African Bomb,” The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Summer 2004), 46-80. PDF

With Sello Hatang and Verne Harris, “Unveiling South Africa’s Nuclear Past,” Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Autumn 2004), 457-75. PDF

“The Rise and Fall of the South African Bomb,” International Security, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Fall 2001), 45-86. PDF  Correspondence about this article appeared in International Security, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Summer 2002), 191-94. PDF   Both reprinted in Going Nuclear: Nuclear Proliferation and International Security in the 21st CenturyForeign Policy, eds. Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Coté Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006).

“No-First-Use Unknowables,” with Neil R. Thomason, Foreign Policy, No. 64 (Fall 1986),  17-36. PDF Excerpted in Nuclear Arms: Sources, Vol. 2, eds. Bruno Leone et al (St. Paul, Minn.: Greenhaven Press, 1987), 379-82.

Causes of war, alliances, trade
“Ties that Blind: Will Germany and Japan Rely Too Much on the United States?” Security Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter 2000/2001), 98-138. PDF

“The Offense-Defense Balance, Interdependence, and War,” Security Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1/2 (Autumn 1999-Winter 2000), 59-91. PDF Reprinted in Power and the Purse: The Political Economy of National Security, eds. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Edward D. Mansfield, and Norrin M. Ripsman (Portland, OR and London: Frank Cass, 2000), 59-91.

“Trading with the Enemy: Security and Relative Economic Gains,” International Security, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Summer 1996), 147-75. PDF