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Christopher Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009) and John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004). He coedited, with John Mueller, A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014); and, with Jim Harper and Benjamin Friedman, Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It (Cato Institute, 2010).

Preble has also published articles in major publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy, and is a frequent guest on television and radio.

In addition to his work at Cato, Preble teaches the U.S. foreign policy elective at the University of California, Washington Center. Before joining Cato in February 2003, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. Preble was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) from 1990 to 1993.

Preble holds a PhD in history from Temple University.

More from Christopher A. Preble


How U.S.-Saudi Relations Got So Twisted

National Interest (Online). October 17, 2016.

What If Arming Syrian Proxies Doesn’t Work?

National Interest (Online). October 7, 2016.

New Rules for U.S. Military Intervention

War on the Rocks. September 20, 2016.


Defense Sense: Options for National Defense Savings in Fiscal Year 2013

The Commonwealth Institute. May 15, 2012.

Fixing Failed States: A Dissenting View

The Handbook on the Political Economy of War. 2011.

The Case against State’s Nationbuilding Office

Foreign Service Journal. November 2010.


American Umpire

August 23, 2016. Film Screening.

The Case for Restraint in U.S. Foreign Policy

June 15, 2016. Conference.

Policy Perspectives of the Presidential Candidates: Foreign Policy

June 9, 2016. Sponsor E-Briefing.

Downsizing Government