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Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: We need to talk about nukes

On the October 15 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble and co-hosts discuss US nuclear policy and the implications of a volatile Trump presidency. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

National Security Nuclear Deterrence

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: Understanding America’s declining global influence, Net Assessment

On the October 1 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble and co-hosts discuss a recent study by the RAND Corporation’s James Dobbins, Gabrielle Tarini, and Ali Wyne about the decline of US power. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

National Security Security & Defense

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: The Revenge of Ideology, Net Assessment

On the September 17 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble and co-hosts debate whether US-China competition should be framed mostly as an ideological competition, or rather as a competition over power in the Asia Pacific and globally. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Indo-Pacific

Christopher Preble serves as co-director of the New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this role, 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 US grand strategy and military force posture, alliance relations, and the intersection of trade and national security.

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, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio.

In addition to his work at the Atlantic Council, Preble co-hosts the “Net Assessment” podcast in the War on the Rocks network, and he teaches the US Foreign Policy elective 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.

Before joining the Atlantic Council, 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. Preble was a commissioned officer in the US Navy, and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993.

Preble graduated from George Washington University in 1989 and received a PhD in history from Temple University in 2002.