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Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Kroenig: H.R. McMaster’s book shows that the United States must know its enemies and itself

On October 15, the National Review published a review of General H.R. McMaster’s new book Battlegounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World. Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig discusses the book’s primary contention, that US foreign policy has too often fallen into “strategic narcissism.” A better foreign policy would begin with “strategic empathy,” or […]

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China Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Kroenig cited in Journal of Strategic Studies on deterring Russian nuclear de-escalation strikes

On October 14, a Journal of Strategic Studies article by Norwegian political scientist Kristin Ven Bruusgaard cited Matthew Kroenig’s Scowcroft Center report on a strategy for deterring Russian nuclear de-escalation strikes.

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Nuclear Deterrence Russia

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Kroenig: US foreign policy should focus on revitalizing a rules-based system

On October 13, Foreign Affairs published a Q&A with experts on whether great-power competition should be the central organizing principle of US foreign policy. Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig argues the United States should focus on revitalizing and adapting a rules-based international system. Defending that system from great-power competitors should be part of a […]

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China Politics & Diplomacy

Dr. Matthew Kroenig is the deputy director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the director of the Center’s Global Strategy Initiative. In these roles, he supports the director in overseeing all aspects of the Center’s work and manages its strategy practice area. His own research focuses on great power competition with China and Russia, emerging technology, and strategic deterrence and weapons nonproliferation.

Dr. Kroenig is also a tenured professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. A 2019 study in Perspectives on Politics ranked him one of the top 25 most cited political scientists of his generation. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China (Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2018). His articles and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other outlets. He co-authors the bi-monthly “Its Debatable” column at Foreign Policy.  Dr. Kroenig provides regular commentary for major media outlets, including PBS, NPR, BBC, CNN, and C-SPAN. 

He previously served in several positions in the US government, including in the Strategy office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Strategic Assessments Group at the Central Intelligence Agency. He regularly consults with a range of US government entities. He has previously worked as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a research fellow at Harvard University and Stanford University. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Hertog Foundation, and the Stanton Foundation. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.