Jeffrey A. Lefebvre

Associate Professor

Political Science


At the sea-locked village of Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman)
At the sea-locked village of Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman)

Background/Expertise

  • Professor Lefebvre received his Ph. D from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research interests focus on international politics and U.S. foreign policy and security issues in the greater Middle East region (including North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Levant, Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, and Iran).

Current Research Projects

  • “The Origins and Evolution of the Iranian-Syrian ‘Pragmatic’ Alliance” (in progress).
  • “Egypt, Ethiopia and the Hydro-politics of the Nile: From zero-sum to positive-sum,” (in progress).
  • “The Horn of Africa and Red Sea Security in the 21st Century” (in progress).
  • “The Formation, Disintegration, and Reformation of Israel’s Alliance of the Periphery,” Middle East Journal (revise and resubmit).
  • Creeping Hegemony: Strategic Disruption, the Balance of Risk and the Transformation of U.S. Security Policy in the Persian Gulf (in progress).

Selected Publications

  • H-Diplo Roundtable Discussion, Louise Woodroofe, Buried in the Sands of the Ogaden: The United States, the Horn of Africa, and the Demise of Détente (Kent State University Press, 2013), H-Diplo Roundtable Review, Vol. XV, No. 29, (April 7, 2014), 13-18.
  • 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), 704-727.
  • “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.
  • “U.S. Military Hegemony in the Arabian/Persian Gulf: How Long Can It Last?” International Studies Perspectives, 4, 2 (May 2003), 186-190.
  • “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.
  • “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).

Awards and 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.
  • Institute for Teaching and Learning and UCONN Research Foundation awards for data collection, Oman, March 5-18, 2008; 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, 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, 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 Faculy Program, Yale University, 1987-1988.
Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman)
Kumzar, Musandam Peninsula (Sultanate of Oman)
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Contact Information
Emailjeff.lefebvre@uconn.edu
Phone(203) 251-8434
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Office LocationStamford, Room 370
CampusStamford
Office HoursTuTh 10-11am and 1:45-2:15pm