I. M. Destler

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I. M. (Mac) Destler is Saul I. Stern Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and Director of its program on International Security and Economic Policy.  He was Acting Dean of the School in 1994-95 and 2009, Director of the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) from 1992 to 1999, and Director of the Ph.D. program from 2000 to 2007.  His recent book, In the Shadow of the Oval Office (Simon and Schuster, 2009, co-authored with Ivo H. Daalder), assesses the role of the President's national security adviser from the Kennedy through the George W. Bush administration.

Destler is also Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (IIE), where he analyzes the political economy of trade. His American Trade Politics, (fourth edition, 2005), won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award, American Political Science Association, for the best book on U.S. national policy. It is the Institute's all-time best-seller, with over 100,000 copies in print. Other recent works include Protecting the American Homeland: One Year On (Brookings Institution, 2003, multiple authors) and Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism (Brookings for CISSM, 1999, co-authored with Steven Kull). Destler received the University of Maryland’s Distinguished International Service Award for 1998.

Experience Professor Destler has taught at Princeton University, the International University of Japan, and the University of Nigeria. He has consulted on economic and foreign policy organization at the Executive Office of the President and the Department of State, and on higher education in applied economics and business for USAID/Central Asia. He has held senior research positions at IIE (1983-87), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1977-83), and the Brookings Institution (1972-77).

Professional Activities Dr. Destler has chaired the Salzburg Seminar on American Politics and the Foreign Policy Process, and served on: the International Affairs Fellowship Committee, Council on Foreign Relations; the Brownlow Prize Committee, National Academy of Public Administration; the Committee on Foreign Policy Studies, Social Science Research Council; the Commission on Government Renewal, Carnegie Endowment and IIE; the Nominating Committee, American Political Science Association; and the Committee on Japan, National Research Council.

Education. Professor Destler received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1961, and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 1965 and 1971.

Publications At the Peterson Institute, Destler has published Renewing Fast-Track Legislation (1997) and The National Economic Council (1996), and co-authored Dollar Politics (1989) and Anti-Protection (1987). Other books include:

Presidents, Bureaucrats, and Foreign Policy (Princeton, 1972 and 1974)

Managing an Alliance: The Politics of US-Japanese Relations (Brookings, co-authored, 1976)

The Textile Wrangle: Conflict in Japanese-American Relations, 1969-71 (Cornell, co-authored, 1979)

Making Foreign Economic Policy (Brookings, 1980)

Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy (Simon and Schuster, co-authored, 1984)

Beyond the Beltway: Engaging the Public in U.S. Foreign Policy (Norton, co-edited, 1994)