Matthew Kroenig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council. His work has covered a wide range of topics in national security policy, including: strategy, nuclear deterrence, nonproliferation, arms control, terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, Europe, Russia, NATO, Asia, China, North Korea, the Middle East, Iran, democracy, legislative strength, and soft power.
Dr. Kroenig was a senior national security adviser to the 2016 Marco Rubio for President Campaign and the 2016 Scott Walker for President Campaign, and a foreign policy adviser on the 2012 Mitt Romney for President Campaign. He is a member of the John Hay Initiative.
Dr. Kroenig is the author or editor of five books: Nonproliferation Policy and Nuclear Posture: Causes and Consequences for the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2015); A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (2014); The Causes and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation (2013); Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (2010) and The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (2009). His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including: American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Comparative Strategy, Democratization, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, Spectator, Survival, Tablet, The American Interest, The National Interest, The National Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, and USA Today. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Univeristy of California, and the Council on Foreign Relations. According to Google Scholar, he is among the most cited IR scholars of his generation. His Google Scholar page is available here.
He has served in a variety of positions in the U.S. government. From 2010 to 2011, he was a special adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. In 2005, he was a strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he authored the first-ever, U.S. government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks. For his work, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2004, Dr. Kroenig was a military analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency's Strategic Assessment Group. Dr. Kroenig has testified before Congress and regularly consults with with a wide range of U.S. government entities in the defense, intelligence, diplomatic, energy, and lawmaking communities.
Previously, Dr. Kroenig was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
Dr. Kroenig provides regular commentary for major media outlets, including PBS Newshour, NPR Talk of the Nation, and many programs on BBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and C-SPAN. He delivers speeches for government, university, and private-sector audiences in the United States and abroad. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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