Robert Kagan

Washington, D.C.

Contributing columnist focusing on foreign affairs

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. His latest book is “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World.”
Latest from Robert Kagan

Our constitutional crisis is already here

Trump’s charges of fraud in 2020 are not about looking back, as many Republicans insist. They are about establishing the predicate to challenge future election results more effectively.

September 23, 2021

It wasn’t hubris that drove America into Afghanistan. It was fear.

Americans may consider their Afghan experience a failure. They would do it all over again if given the choice.

August 26, 2021

When will AOC and Ro Khanna speak up about Nicaragua?

The de facto president-for-life is arresting opposition and civic leaders, including just about anyone who might oppose him in an election next fall.

June 23, 2021

It’s up to the people to foil Trump’s plot against democracy

Anyone who believes they have America's best interests at heart isn't paying attention.

October 30, 2020

American democracy needs Mitt Romney to reconsider

The decision that may well determine America’s fate is not somewhere down the road in a land of hypotheticals. It is before Romney, right now.

September 25, 2020

China’s dangerous Taiwan temptation

Xi Jinping’s actions in Hong Kong hold ominous implications for Taiwan.

August 17, 2020

The Battle of Lafayette Square and the undermining of American democracy

We cannot rely on the military’s refusal to deploy against American citizens.

June 3, 2020

We’re a nation all too ripe for another shock

Now is the time for the U.S. to invest in alliance relationships.

March 26, 2020

Republicans are pushing the U.S. to accept quid pro quo as the new normal

The precedents set during impeachment won't only apply to President Trump.

November 18, 2019

If we legitimize Trump’s behavior, it’ll be open season on our politics

Mike Pompeo, here’s what’s wrong with asking Ukraine to investigate Biden.

September 24, 2019