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Robert Kagan’s influence network

By Laurie Bennett

June 16, 2014 at 8:11am

Robert Kagan, an historian with an impressive Muckety map, is at the center of the growing debate over Iraq and American foreign policy.

His article, “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire,” published last month in the New Republic, caused such concern in the White House that he received a presidential invitation to lunch.

Robert Kagan
Robert Kagan

Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argues that President Obama and many other U.S. political leaders have moved away from a 70-year tradition of global responsibility.

“Unless Americans can be led back to an understanding of their enlightened self-interest, to see again how their fate is entangled with that of the world,” he writes, “then the prospects for a peaceful twenty-first century in which Americans and American principles can thrive will be bleak.”

Kagan’s words reverberate not only because of the force of his thinking, but because of his vast personal network.

He is a member of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and advised the last two Republican presidential campaigns.

Kaganis married to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, former U.S. ambassador to NATO.

His father, Donald Kagan, is a prominent neoconservative. His brother, Frederick W. Kagan, is a scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute whose research helped bolster the 2007 troop increase in Iraq.

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Robert Kagan's influence network
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