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Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Preble in the Washington Examiner: The US drone program has psychological costs

On September 21, Christopher Preble was quoted in a Washington Examiner article on lawmakers reactions to the 10 civilian deaths caused by a US drone strike on August 29 in Kabul. “There’s obviously cost paid by the people on the ground,” Preble said. “And there’s a psychological effect on the American servicemen and women who […]

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Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: A Tale of Two Biden Doctrines

On September 16, Christopher Preble debated whether there is a “Biden doctrine” and if so, what exactly it is, with co-hosts Melanie Marlowe (CSIS) and Zack Cooper (AEI) on the War on the Rocks Net Assessment podcast. They identified two separate threads in Biden’s thinking and that of his team — one idealist vision for […]

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Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Preble on Reason: Could the CIA and FBI Have Stopped 9/11?

On September 10, Christopher Preble published on Reason an article entitled “Could the CIA and FBI Have Stopped 9/11?”. “Given this long history, and given the ample evidence that Al Qaeda posed a threat to Americans, Washington’s failure to stop the attacks has been a source of considerable attention and consternation. As with so much […]

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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.