Aaron Louis Friedberg (born April 16, 1956) is an American political scientist. He served from 2003 to 2005 in the office of the Vice President of the United States as deputy assistant for national-security affairs and director of policy planning.
After receiving his PhD in government from Harvard, Friedberg joined the Princeton University faculty in 1987 and was appointed professor of politics and international affairs in 1999. He has served as Director of Princeton’s Research Program in International Security at the Woodrow Wilson School as well as acting director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton. Friedberg is a former fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Counselors for the National Bureau of Asian Research’s Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies.
Books in order of publication:
The Weary Titan: Britain and The Experience of Relative Decline, 1895–1905 (Princeton University Press, 1988)
In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America’s Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2000)
A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)
Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia (Routledge, 2014)
Getting China Wrong (Polity, 2022)