Robert Kagan is a Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. 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.

Dr. Kagan is listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Global Thinkers.” He writes a monthly column on world affairs for The Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at both The Weekly Standard and The New Republic. His latest book, The Ghost at the Feast: America and Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941 (Knopf), was released January 2023. His previous books include The World America Made, The Return of History and the End of DreamsDangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century, Of Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990.

Dr. Kagan also serves as a member of the Secretary of State’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan Working Group on Egypt. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in American History from American University.