AUSTIN, Texas — Professor Philip Bobbitt was named by Britain's Prospect Magazine as one of the 100 top public intellectuals in Great Britain. The magazine, which celebrates its 100th issue this July, selected Bobbitt and others by virtue of their "intellectual or cultural endeavour(s) coupled with an ability to communicate well to generalist audiences through the written or spoken word" and their "current contribution by which we mean the past five to ten years." Recipients do not need to be British citizens but must make a significant intellectual impact in that country.
Professor Bobbitt was also elected this spring to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the highest academic honor in the United States.
Bobbitt holds the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair appointment at The University of Texas at Austin. He is considered one of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, and his interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published six books: Constitutional Interpretation (1991), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Fate (1982), Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978) and The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002). His latest book, The War on Terror, will be released in the United States this fall and its web site can be found here: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/pbobbitt/waronterror/.
Bobbitt is a member of the American Law Institute, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has served as Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London.
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