Christopher Preble is Senior Fellow and Director of the Reimagining US Grand Strategy program at the Stimson Center. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, he served as Co-Director of the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative. He leads a team of scholars who challenge prevailing assumptions surrounding US foreign policy, and who offer a range of policy options that go beyond the use of force and coercion. His own work focuses on the history of US foreign policy, contemporary U.S. grand strategy and military force posture, alliance relations, and the intersection of trade and national security.
Dr. Preble is the author of four books, including Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy (Cato Institute, 2019); and The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009). He co-authored, with John Glaser and A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy even Worse and How We Can Recover (Cato Institute, 2019), and he has also co-edited several other books and monographs, including A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014), with John Mueller. His work has appeared in major publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Survival, Foreign Policy, National Review, and The National Interest.
In addition to his work at the Stimson Center, Dr. Preble co-hosts the “Net Assessment” podcast in the War on the Rocks network, and he teaches U.S. foreign policy at the University of California, Washington Center. He has also taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Preble was vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute from 2011 to 2020, and director of foreign policy studies from 2003 to 2011. He was a commissioned officer in the US Navy from 1989 to 1993. Preble graduated from George Washington University in 1989 and received a PhD in history from Temple University in 2002. Follow Mr. Preble on Twitter @CaPreble.
Explore some of Mr. Preble’s most recent commentary:
Do We Really Want Another Cold War? — Responsible Statecraft, 3/2/22
Net Assessment Podcast — War On The Rocks
How Does Biden’s Foreign Policy Stack Up After His First 100 Days? — Newsweek, 4/28/21
U.S.-China Talks in Alaska Quickly Descend Into Bickering — Bloomberg, 3/18/21
Biden Vows Putin “Will Pay a Price” for 2020 Interference — Vox, 3/17/21
No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget — Breaking Defense, 2/23/21
The Big Takeaways from Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Speech — New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council, 2/4/21
Sound Foreign Policy Begins at Home — Truth and Consequences, 1/21/21