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Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Preble quoted in Newsweek: How does Biden’s foreign policy stack up after his first 100 days?

On April 28, Preble was quoted in Newsweek on the first 100 days of President Biden’s foreign policy. “There have been pluses and minuses,” Preble said. “The Afghanistan decision was the correct one, and I’ve been encouraged by his approach to the civil war in Yemen and his apparent willingness to hold Saudi Arabia at […]

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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: Democracy and grand strategy

On April 15, Christopher Preble joined his co-hosts of War on the Rocks’s Net Assessment podcast to discuss Hal Brands and Charles Edel’s article “A Grand Strategy of Democratic Solidarity.” They discussed whether it is possible, and wise, to construct a grand strategy of democratic solidarity to counter China and Russia. They also explored whether […]

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Thu, Apr 1, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: Busting myths about China

On April 1, Chris Preble hosted the Net Assessment podcast, in which he and his co-hosts discussed the recent War on the Rocks article “Beyond Colossus or Collapse: Five Myths Driving American Debates about China.” The hosts scrutinized which myths are most widely believed, and which should not be guiding American policy. But they also […]

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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.