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Hal Brands

Johns Hopkins University

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. Brands served as special assistant to the U.S. secretary of defense for strategic planning from 2015 to 2016, and has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities and served as lead writer for the Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States. Brands is a participant in the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues Research Group on Managing Strategic Competition.

  • Author of Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump (2018), Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order (2016), What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush (2014), Latin America’s Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2010), From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008).
  • Co-author of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (2019).
  • Co-editor of The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (2015).