Dr. Robert Kagan

Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution

Can America Outwit Decline?

About the Speaker

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. His most recent book, The World America Made (Knopf, 2012), was mentioned by President Obama during his 2012 State of the Union Address. He not only serves as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign affairs policy board and is co-chairman of the bipartisan Working Group on Egypt, but he is also a special advisor on foreign affairs to Mitt Romney. 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.

Kagan’s book, Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century (Knopf, 2006), was the winner of the 2008 Lepgold Prize and a 2007 Finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize. His acclaimed book, Of Paradise and Power (Knopf, 2003), was on The New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks and the Washington Post bestseller list for fourteen weeks. It was also a bestseller in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Canada and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Dr. Kagan is also the author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams (Knopf 2008).

He is listed as one of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Prospectmagazines. 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 a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in American History from American University.

He is also author of A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990 (Free Press, 1996), and is co-editor with William Kristol of Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign Policy (Encounter Books, June 2000).