Hal Brands

Senior Fellow

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

He is the author or editor of several books, including American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump (2018), 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).

In 2015-16, he served as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense for strategic planning. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities. He received his BA from Stanford University (2005) and his PhD from Yale University (2009).


B.A. in History and Political Science
Stanford University

Ph.D. in History
Yale University