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Robert Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. His latest book, “The Ghost at the Feast: America and Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941” (Knopf), is slated to release January 2023. One of his previous book was The New York Times bestseller, “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012).

He is also the author of “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World” (Knopf, 2018); “Return of History and the End of Dreams” (Knopf, 2008); “Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century” (Knopf 2006); “Of Paradise and Power” (Knopf 2003); and “A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990” (Free Press, 1996).

For his writings, Politico Magazine named Kagan one of the “Politico 50” in 2016, the “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.”

He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the policy planning staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a doctorate in American history from American University.

Affiliations:
Foreign Policy Initiative, board member
Leigh Speaker’s Bureau, speaker
The Washington Post, monthly columnist
Working Group on Egypt, co-chairman

Robert Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. His latest book, “The Ghost at the Feast: America and Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941” (Knopf), is slated to release January 2023. One of his previous book was The New York Times bestseller, “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012).

He is also the author of “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World” (Knopf, 2018); “Return of History and the End of Dreams” (Knopf, 2008); “Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century” (Knopf 2006); “Of Paradise and Power” (Knopf 2003); and “A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990” (Free Press, 1996).

For his writings, Politico Magazine named Kagan one of the “Politico 50” in 2016, the “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.”

He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the policy planning staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a doctorate in American history from American University.

Affiliations:
Foreign Policy Initiative, board member
Leigh Speaker’s Bureau, speaker
The Washington Post, monthly columnist
Working Group on Egypt, co-chairman

The ghost at the feast book cover.

The Ghost at the feast

At the dawn of the 20th century, the United States was a nation unsure about the role it wanted to play in the world, if any.

Robert Kagan provides a comprehensive and historical account of America’s rise to global superpower. Brilliant and insightful, The Ghost at the Feast shows both the perils of American withdrawal from the world and the price of international responsibility.

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