Joseph Grieco

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
291 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4315
Political Economy, Political Institutions, Security, Peace, Conflict

Professor of Political Science, concentrates on theories of international relations, issues of international political economy, and problems of international conflict. He is the author of Cooperation Among Nations: Europe, America, and Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade, and Between Dependency and Autonomy: India's Experience with the International Computer Industry; and the co-author (with G. John Ikenberry) of State Power and World Markets: The International Political Economy. Articles and notes by him have appeared in Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Review of International Studies, the American Political Science Review, International Organization, the Journal of Politics, and World Politics. His teaching interests include theories of international relations and issues of international political economy. His appointments include: 1978-1979, Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University; 1981-1982, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Business School; 1985-86, a German Marshall and a Paul Henri Spaak Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He served with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the International Monetary Fund as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, 1990-91. During the summer of 1994 he was the Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin; and since 1996 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Post Graduate School of Economics and International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan. During 1998-2000 he received support from the National Science Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct research, and to produce two articles (one co-authored with Christopher Gelpi), on the domestic and systematic sources of repetitive military challenges.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1982

Grieco, J, and Ikenberry, GJ. State Power and World Markets: The International Political Economy. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

Grieco, J. Cooperation Among Nations: Europe, America, and Non-tariff Barriers to Trade. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Grieco, JM. Between Dependency and Autonomy. Univ of California Press, January 1984.

Grieco, JM. "Nuclear Weapons, State Bellicosity, and Prospects for a Northeast Asian Security Architecture." Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Architecture and Beyond. Ed. TJ Pempel and C-M Lee. Routledge, 2011.

Grieco, J. "Structural Realism and the Problem of Polarity and War." Power in World Politics. Ed. F Berenskoetter and M Williams. Routledge, 2007.

Grieco, J. "Economic Interdependence, the Democratic State, and the Liberal Peace." Economic Interdependence and Military Conflict: New Perspectives on an Enduring Debate. Ed. ED Mansfield and BM Pollins. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.

Grieco, J. "Modern Realist Theory and the Study of International Politics in the 21st Century." Millennial Reflections on International Studies. Ed. M Brecher and F Harvey. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Grieco, J. "China and America in the New World Polity." The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications. Ed. CW Pumphrey. Carlisle: Strategic Studies Institute, 2002. 21-48.

Grieco, J. "China, Japan, and Germany in the New World Polity." Peace, Prosperity, and Politics. Boulder: Westview Press, 2000.

Grieco, J. "Realism and Regionalism: American Power and German and Japanese Institutional Strategies During and After the Cold War." Unipolar Politics: Realism and State Strategies After the Cold War. Ed. E Kapstein and M Mastanduno. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Grieco, J. "Political-Military Dynamics and the Nesting of Regimes: An Analysis of APEC, the WTO, and Prospects for Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific." APEC and Regime Creation in Asia and the Pacific. Ed. V Aggarwal and C Morrison. New York: MacMillan, 1998.

Grieco, J. "Realist Theory and the Study of World Politics." New Thinking in International Relations Theory. Ed. M Doyle and GJ Ikenberry. Boulder: Westview Press, 1997.

Grieco, J. "Systemic Sources of Variation in Regional Institutionalization in Western Europe, East Asia, and the Americas." The Political Economy of Regionalism. Ed. H Milner and E Mansfield. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.


Gelpi, C, and Grieco, JM. "Competency Costs in Foreign Affairs: Presidential Performance in International Conflicts and Domestic Legislative Success, 1953-2001." American Journal of Political Science 59.2 (April 1, 2015): 440-456. Full Text

Grieco, JM, Gelpi, C, Reifler, J, and Feaver, PD. "Let's Get a Second Opinion: International Institutions and American Public Support for War." INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY 55.2 (June 2011): 563-583. Full Text

Grieco, JM. "Liberal International Theory and Imagining the End of the Cold War." British Journal of International Relations 11.2 (May 2009): 192-204.

Grieco, J, Gelpi, C, and Warren, C. "When Preferences and Commitments Collide: The Effect of Relative Partisan Shifts on International Treaty Compliance." International Organization (March 2009). (Academic Article)

Gelpi, CF, and Grieco, JM. "Democracy, interdependence, and the sources of the liberal peace." Journal of Peace Research 45.1 (January 1, 2008): 17-36. Full Text

Christopher Gelpi, . "Democracy, Interdependence, and the Liberal Peace." Journal of Peace Research 45 (2008): 17-36.

Grieco, J. "The U.S. Presidential Election and Unilateralism: What the Public Wants." The World Today 60 (April 2004): 15-16.

Gelpi, C, and Grieco, JM. "Attracting trouble - Democracy, leadership tenure, and the targeting of militarized challenges, 1918-1992." JOURNAL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION 45.6 (December 2001): 794-817. Full Text

Grieco, J. "Repetitive Military Challenges and Recurrent International Conflicts, 1918-1994." International Studies Quarterly 45 (June 2001): 295-316. (Academic Article)


Gelpi, C, and Grieco, JM. "Economic interdependence, the democratic state, and the liberal peace." (December 1, 2003): 44-59. (Chapter)

Grieco, J. "op-ed piece on the Iraq and North Korean Crises." (2003). (Editorial Comment)

Grieco, J. "op-ed piece on the Afghanistan Crisis." (2003). (Editorial Comment)

(98-0489) Democratic States and Repeat Military Challenges, 1918-1994 awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2001

(97-0623) War and Wealth in the International System: China, Japan, and Germany awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

(94-0579) Josiah Charles Trent Speakers Series in International Law and Institutions awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994

(93-0976) Symposium on International Prosperity and Security in the 1990s awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(93-0546) The Renaissance of the European Community and the Crisis of Realist International Theory awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993

(88-0349) Support for Six Visiting Scholars to Participate in the Duke Symposium in International Relations awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1988