Dr. Kimberly Kagan
President, Institute for the Study of War
Dr. Kimberly Kagan, the founder and President of the Institute for the Study of War, is a military historian who has taught at the US Military Academy at West Point, Yale University, Georgetown University, and American University.
She is the author of The Eye of Command (University of Michigan Press, 2006), The Surge: a Military History (Encounter Books, 2009), and editor of “The Imperial Moment” (forthcoming from Harvard University Press, 2010). She is the executive producer of a documentary film, “The Surge: the Whole Story.”
Dr. Kagan has published numerous essays including “Don’t Short-Circuit the Surge” in the Wall Street Journal, “How to Surge the Taliban” (co-authored with Max Boot and Frederick W. Kagan) in The New York Times, and “Why the Taliban are Winning–For Now” on the Foreign Policy Magazine website.
Dr. Kagan has conducted nine battlefield circulations of Iraq since May 2007 for the MNF-I Commanding General, and two of Afghanistan. Three of these visits were formal assessments as part of larger teams. Dr. Kagan served in Kabul as a member of GEN Stanley McChrystal’s strategic assessment team, comprised of civilian experts, during his strategic review in June and July 2009. She likewise participated on the Joint Campaign Plan Assessment Team for Multi-National Force-Iraq – US Mission-Iraq in Baghdad in October 2008 and October 2009. She also served as a reviewer for the CENTCOM strategic review in January 2009.
Dr. Kagan held an Olin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Military History at Yale International Security Studies in 2004-2005. She was an affiliate of Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, where she was a National Security Fellow in 2002-2003. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization and her PhD in History from Yale University. Dr. Kagan currently serves on Spirit of America’s Advisory Board.