Matthew Kroenig


Associate Professor
International Relations Field Chair


Department of Government
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Matthew Kroenig is an internationally-recognized professor, author, and national security adviser and analyst based in Washington D.C. He 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: nuclear deterrence and nuclear strategy, nonproliferation, arms control, terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, Europe, Russia, NATO, Asia, China, North Korea, the Middle East, Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council, democratization, legislative strength, and soft power.

Dr. Kroenig was a senior adviser to the 2016 Marco Rubio for President Campaign, a senior national security adviser to 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.

From 2011 to 2012, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that, from 2010 to 2011, Dr. Kroenig served as a special adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. Before arriving at Georgetown, he was a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. From 2006 to 2007, he was a research fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. In 2005, he worked in the Strategy office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he authored the first-ever, U.S. government 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. He regularly consults with the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, the intelligence community, and on Capitol Hill.

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 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.

Dr. Kroenig has provided commentary on BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, and many other media outlets. His work has taken him to over sixty countries on six continents. He has received fellowships from Harvard University, Stanford University, the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a PhD and MA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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