Hal Brands
Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Hal Brands is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, Cold War history, Latin American security and diplomacy, and other strategic and military issues. He previously worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and has served as a member of the RAND Corporation Grand Strategy Advisory Board. At Duke, he is an affiliate of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and serves on the Executive Board of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Brands is the author of What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush (2014), Latin America's Cold War (2010), and From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008).  He is also the co-editor (with Jeremi Suri) of The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft (2015). 

Brands earned a PhD, MA and MPhil. in History from Yale University. He received a BA in History and Political Science from Stanford University.  In 2015-2016, he is on leave from Duke.

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