Fredrick Kagan

Frederick W. Kagan


Frederick W. Kagan is the Christopher DeMuth Chair and director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He was a contributor to the Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict at the Hoover Institution from 2013-2016.

In 2009, he served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of General Stanley McChrystal's strategic assessment team; he returned to Afghanistan in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to conduct research for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen. In July 2011, Admiral Mike Mullen, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award. He is the author of the series of AEI reports, including Choosing Victory, which recommended and monitored the US military surge in Iraq. Previously an associate professor of military history at West Point, Kagan is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard. Video: Fred Kagan on human nature and war.

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Recent Commentary

African Pictorial Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives.
Background Essay

An Uncertain New Era in the Arab World

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Strategika
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Iraq Is Not Vietnam

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

A pernicious equivalence

War and Aftermath

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Beware technology that disconnects war from politics