Kimberly Kagan

Kimberly Kagan


Kimberly Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. She was a contributor to the Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict at the Hoover Institution from 2013-2016.

A military historian who has taught at the US Military Academy at West Point, Yale University, Georgetown University, and American University, Kagan served in Kabul for fifteen months in 2010 and 2011 as a “directed telescope” to General David H. Petraeus and subsequently General John Allen, working on special projects for these commanders of the International Security Assistance Force. Admiral Mike Mullen, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recognized Kagan for her deployment as a volunteer during this time with the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor the chairman can present to civilians who do not work for the Department of Defense. She is the author of The Eye of Command (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and The Surge: a Military History (Encounter Books, 2009) and editor of The Imperial Moment (Harvard University Press, 2010). Video: Kim Kagan on the importance of military history for the everyday citizen.

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Flip The Script

by Kimberly Kaganvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

Abandoned friends and defiant foes: what the president’s foreign policy has wrought.

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The U.S. Must Turn Over Its Upside-Down Foreign Policy

by Kimberly Kaganvia Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

The United States does not have an image problem in the Middle East. It has a reality problem. The United States has lost credibility in the Middle East by abandoning its friends and reaching out to its enemies.

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Strategika: “The Perils of Abandoning Afghanistan” with Kimberly Kagan

by Kimberly Kaganvia Strategika
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Institute for the Study of War’s Kimberly Kagan examines the problems that could emanate from a premature US departure from Afghanistan.

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The Folly of Abandoning Afghanistan

by Kimberly Kaganvia Strategika
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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The Smart and Right Thing in Syria

by Kimberly Kaganvia Strategika
Monday, April 1, 2013

Challenges of the War in Iraq

with Kimberly Kaganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Dr. Kimberly Kagan discusses the challenges of the war in Iraq and how America can succeed. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.