Weber, a specialist in International Relations, is Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, an associate with the International Computer Science Institute, and affiliated faculty of the Energy and Resources Group. His areas of special interest include international and national security; the impact of technology on national systems of innovation and defense; and the political economy of knowledge-intensive industries particularly software and pharmaceuticals.
Trained in history and international development at Washington University, and medicine and political science at Stanford, Weber joined the Berkeley faculty in 1989. In 1992 he served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. He has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a member of the Global Business Network in San Francisco, California; and Senior Policy Advisor at the Glover Park Group in Washington DC. He actively consults with government agencies, private multinational firms, and international non-governmental organizations on foreign policy issues, risk analysis, strategy, and forecasting.
Weber's major publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control (Princeton University Press); the edited book Globalization and the European Political Economy (Columbia University Press); and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, the political economy of trade and finance, politics of the post-Cold War world, and European integration, in both scholarly and popular venues. His book The Success of Open Source (Harvard University Press) is the leading study of the political economy of the open source software community. He is currently completing a book with co-author Jonathan Sallet, Meeting of the Minds: Open-ness and Innovation in the Modern Economy; and a book with co-author Bruce Jentleson, The New Age of Ideology: How America can Compete in the Global Marketplace of Ideas.