Robert Kagan

Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy

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 most recent book is The New York Times bestseller, “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012) His previous books include “The 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.” His most recent pieces include “The Twilight of the Liberal World Order” in “Brookings Big Ideas for America” and “Backing into World War III” in Foreign Policy.

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

Contact
202.797.6103 — Foreign Policy Program
Topics
China
Europe
European Union
International Affairs
Middle East & North Africa
National Security
Russia
U.S. Foreign Policy
Programs
Foreign Policy
Additional Expertise Areas
U.S. national security and foreign policy
History of American foreign policy
U.S. relations with Russia, China and Europe
European Union
NATO expansion
Egypt
Experience
Current Positions
Columnist, The Washington Post
Member, Foreign Affairs Policy Board, U.S. Department of State
Past Positions
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1988-2010)
Principal Speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz (1984-88)
Deputy for Policy, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs
Education
B.A., Yale University
M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ph.D., American University

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