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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 four books, including Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy (, 2019) and The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009). He coedited, with John Mueller, A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014); and, with Benjamin H. Friedman and Jim Harper, 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


Ending the War in Afghanistan

National Interest (Online). March 4, 2019.

Don’t Allow McConnell to Thwart Vote on Yemen

American Conservative. March 4, 2019.

Remembrance of War as Warning

War on the Rocks. August 13, 2018.


Another BRAC Now

Strategic Studies Quarterly. Vol. 12. No. 1. Spring 2018.

An Open Letter on BRAC

June 19, 2017.

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

The Commonwealth Institute. May 15, 2012.

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Downsizing Government