Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan ( born September 26, 1958 in Athens, Greece) is an American author, speaker and political consultant who works for the U.S. government. He is one of the most well-known neo-conservatives in the United States. Kagan is a specialist in international politics, particularly security policy, terrorism, the Balkans, the Russian- American relations and issues related to NATO enlargement.


Robert Kagan is the son of the historian Donald Kagan, who teaches Ancient History at Yale, where he was temporarily Dean; his younger brother Frederick teaches as a professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds a master 's degree in political science and international relations from Harvard University. Kagan is married to Victoria Nuland, the counselor of the U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney was and from 2005 to 2008 served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO. With it, Kagan has two children and lives in Brussels.


1983 Kagan advised the later Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp on foreign policy issues, from 1984 to 1985 he was an adviser and speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Kagan was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR ) and worked from 1984 to 1988 in the U.S. State Department. It was foreign policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate in 2008, Senator John McCain and the Republican presidential candidate of 2012, Mitt Romney.

Journalistic activity

Kagan was a co-founder of the influential neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century ( PNAC ) and is currently a fellow of the German Marshall Fund and Senior Partner of the think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he led the U.S. Leadership Project. Kagan writes a monthly column for The Washington Post. He also writes a regular contributor to the magazines The New Republic, Commentary, World Affairs, Policy Review and the Weekly Standard. He also wrote several best selling books about international politics, which also met with interest in Europe.


  • A twilight struggle. American power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990, New York, among others ( Free Press ) 1996. ISBN 0-02-874057-2
  • Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign and Defense Policy. with William Kristol, Encounter Books, San Francisco, Calif. 2000, ISBN 1-893554-16-3.
  • Power and powerlessness. America and Europe in the new world order. Siedler Verlag, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-88680-794-0.
  • Democracy and Its Enemies: Who designed the new world order? Siedler Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-88680-890-8.
  • The World America Made. 2012, ISBN 978-0-307-96131-0.