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 new book is “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World” (Knopf, 2018).  His previous book was The New York Times bestseller, “The World America Made” (Knopf, 2012).

He is also the author of “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.

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

202.797.6186 — Research Assistant
European Union
International Affairs
Middle East & North Africa
National Security
U.S. Foreign Policy
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
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
B.A., Yale University
M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ph.D., American University

The Jungle Grows Back

Recent years have brought deeply disturbing developments around the globe. American sentiment seems to be leaning increasingly toward withdrawal in the face of such disarray. In this powerful, urgent book, Robert Kagan elucidates the reasons why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response, based as it is on a fundamental and dangerous misreading of the world. Learn more about the book »