Robert Kagan is senior associate at the
Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace, transatlantic fellow at the
German Marshall Fund, and a columnist
for The Washington Post (he writes a
monthly column on
international affairs). He is also a
contributing editor at the Weekly
Standard and the New Republic. He served
in the U.S. State Department from 1984
to 1988 as a member of the Policy
Planning Staff, as a principal
speechwriter for Secretary of State
George P. Shultz, and as deputy for
policy in the Bureau of Inter-American
He is the author of
He is a graduate of Yale
University and Harvard Universitys
Kennedy School of Government and holds a
PhD in American History from American
University. He was born in Athens,
Greece, in 1958 and is married to
Victoria Nuland, currently the U.S.
ambassador to NATO. They live in
Brussels and have two children, Elena
Interesting Link: Power and Weakness, Kagan's 2002 essay in which he stated that "Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus." and that "it is time to stop pretending that Europeans and Americans share a common view of the world, or even that they occupy the same world". He goes on to say that whereas Europe is turning away from power, "The United States, meanwhile, remains mired in history, exercising power in the anarchic Hobbesian world where international laws and rules are unreliable and where true security and the defense and promotion of a liberal order still depend on the possession and use of military might." This essay was later expanded into his 2003 book, Of Paradise and Power, which ruffled feathers in Europe and was met with applause by American neoconservatives.
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