Faculty Expert Profile
- Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs
- School of Advanced International Studies
- Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.
Brands is the author or editor of several books, including his most recent title, "The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order," co-authored with Charles Edel. His other books include "American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump, Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order," "What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush," "Latin America's Cold War," "From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World," and "The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft" co-edited with Jeremi Suri.
Brands served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Planning from 2015 to 2016, and has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities and served as lead writer for the Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States.