Hal Brands

Senior Fellow

Dr. Hal Brands is a Senior Fellow at CSBA and a Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

In 2015-16, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. In that capacity, he served as an adviser to the Secretary of Defense, working on a range of strategic planning and policy issues. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities, as well as the RAND Corporation, and provided research and analysis for the Office of Net Assessment in the Department of Defense.

He received his BA from Stanford University (2005) and his PhD from Yale University (2009). He previously worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and as a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

He is the author or editor of several books, including Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order (2016), What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush (2014), Latin America's Cold War (2010), From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008), and The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (co-edited with Jeremi Suri, 2015).


B.A. in History and Political Science
Stanford University

Ph.D. in History
Yale University