Publications of Hal Brands    :chronological  alphabetical  combined  bibtex listing:

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  1. Brands, H; Suri, J. The power of the past: History and statecraft. January, 2016. 1-328 pp.  [abs]
  2. Brands, HS. What Good is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush. Cornell University Press, 2014. [good%20is%20grand%20strategy%22&f=false]
  3. SARGENT, D; HASLAM, J; FRIEDMAN, MP; BRANDS, H. Online Roundtable: Hal Brands' Latin America's Cold War Hal Brands, Latin America's Cold War (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010, £21·80). Pp. 385. isbn 978 0 674 05528 5..46 Harvard University Press, February, 2012. 408 pages pp. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Hal Brands. Latin America's Cold War. Harvard University Press, 2010. (Paperback released in 2012)
  5. Brands, HS. From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World. University Press of Kentucky, 2008.

Journal Articles

  1. Brands, H; Inboden, W. "Wisdom without tears: Statecraft and the uses of history." Journal of Strategic Studies (January, 2018): 1-31. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Brands, H; Feaver, P. "The Case for Reassessing America's 43 rd President." Orbis 62.1 (2018): 76-90. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Brands, H. "The unexceptional superpower: American grand strategy in the age of trump." Survival 59.6 (November, 2017): 7-40. [doi]
  4. Brands, H; Feaver, P. "The case for Bush revisionism: Reevaluating the legacy of America’s 43rd president." Journal of Strategic Studies (July, 2017): 1-41. [doi]
  5. Brands, H; Feaver, P. "Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?." Survival 59.3 (May, 2017): 7-54. [doi]
  6. Brands, H; Feaver, P. "Trump and terrorism: U.S. strategy after ISIS." Foreign affairs (Council on Foreign Relations) 96.2 (March, 2017): 28-36.
  7. Brands, H. "U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Nationalism: Fortress America and its Alternatives." The Washington Quarterly 40.1 (January, 2017): 73-94. [doi]
  8. Brands, H; Feaver, P. "Stress-Testing American Grand Strategy." Survival 58.6 (November, 2016): 93-120. [doi]
  9. Brands, H. "Barack Obama and the Dilemmas of American Grand Strategy." The Washington Quarterly 39.4 (October, 2016): 101-125. [doi]
  10. Brands, H. "Fools Rush Out? The Flawed Logic of Offshore Balancing." The Washington Quarterly 38.2 (April, 2015): 7-28. [doi]
  11. Brands, H. "Before the Tilt: The Carter Administration Engages Saddam Hussein." Diplomacy and Statecraft 26.1 (January, 2015): 103-123. [doi]
  12. Brands, H. "Saddam Hussein, the United States, and the invasion of Iran: Was there a green light?." Cold War History 12.2 (June, 2012): 319-343. [doi]  [abs]
  13. Brands, H; Palkki, D. ""Conspiring Bastards": Saddam Hussein's Strategic View of the United States." Diplomatic History 36.3 (June, 2012): 625-659. [doi]  [abs]
  14. Brands, H. "Why Did Saddam Invade Iran? New Evidence on Motives, Complexity, and the Israel Factor." Journal of Military History (Summer, 2011).
  15. Hal Brands, . "Evaluating Brazilian Grand Strategy under Lula." Comparative Strategy 31.1 (Spring, 2011): 28-49. [doi]  [abs]
  16. Brands, H. "Making the conspiracy theorist a prophet: Covert action and the contours of United States-Iraq relations." International History Review 33.3 (September, 2011): 381-408. [doi]  [abs]
  17. Brands, H. "Saddam and Israel: What do the new Iraqi records reveal?." Diplomacy and Statecraft 22.3 (September, 2011): 500-520. [doi]  [abs]
  18. Brands, H; Palkki, D. "Saddam, Israel, and the bomb: Nuclear alarmism justified?." International Security 36.1 (Summer, 2011): 133-166. [doi]
  19. Brands, H. "Reform, democratization, and counter-insurgency: Evaluating the us experience in cold war-era Latin America." Small Wars and Insurgencies 22.2 (Summer, 2011): 290-321. [doi]  [abs]
  20. Brands, H. "Crime, Irregular Warfare, and Institutional Failure in Latin America: Guatemala as a Case Study." Studies in Conflict Terrorism 34.3 (March, 2011): 228-247. [doi]  [abs]
  21. Brands, H. "Inside the Iraqi state records: Saddam Hussein, 'Irangate', and the United States." Journal of Strategic Studies 34.1 (February, 2011): 95-118. [doi]  [abs]
  22. Brands, H. "Evaluating Brazilian grand strategy under lula." Comparative Strategy: an international journal 30.1 (2011): 28-49. [doi]  [abs]
  23. Brands, H. "The United States and the Peruvian challenge, 1968-1975." Diplomacy and Statecraft 21.3 (September, 2010): 471-490. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  24. Hal Brands, . "Los Zetas: Inside Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Gang." Air and Space Power Journal (Spanish Edition) (Tercer Trimestre 2009).
  25. Hal Brands, . "Economic Development and the Contours of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Nixon Administration's Approach to Latin America, 1969–1974." Peace & Change 33 (April, 2008). [pdf]
  26. Brands, H. "Third world politics in an age of global turmoil: The Latin American challenge to U.S. and Western Hegemony, 1965-1975." Diplomatic History 32.1 (January, 2008): 105-138. [pdf], [doi]
  27. Hal Brands, . "Richard Nixon and Economic Nationalism in Latin America: The Problem of Expropriations, 1969-1974." Diplomacy & Statecraft 17 (January, 2007).
  28. Brands, H. "Non-proliferation and the dynamics of the middle cold war: The superpowers, the MLF, and the NPT." Cold War History 7.3 (August, 2007): 389-423. [doi]  [abs]
  29. Hal Brands, . "Rethinking Nonproliferation: LBJ, the Gilpatric Committee, and U.S. National Security Policy." Journal of Cold War Studies 8 (Spring, 2006).
  30. Brands, H. "Progress unseen: U.S. arms control policy and the origins of Détente, 1963-1968." Diplomatic History 30.2 (April, 2006): 253-285. [pdf], [doi]
  31. Brands, H. "The emperor's new clothes: American views of Hirohito after World War II." The Historian 68.1 (February, 2006): 1-28.
  32. Brands, H. "Who saved the emperor? The MacArthur myth and U.S. policy toward Hirohito and the Japanese imperial institution, 1942-1946." Pacific Historical Review 75.2 (May, 2006): 271-305. [doi]  [abs]
  33. Hal Brands, . "Rhetoric, Public Opinion, and Policy in the American Debate over the Japanese Emperor during World War II." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 8 (November, 2005).
  34. Brands, H. "Wartime recruiting practices, martial identity and post-World War II demobilization in colonial Kenya." Journal of African History 46.1 (March, 2005): 103-125. [doi]  [abs]
  35. Hal Brands, . "Lyndon Johnson and Chinese Representation Policy in the United Nations." American Diplomacy 9 (August, 2004).

Chapters in Books

  1. Brands, H. "Enlargement and its discontents." Foreign Policy at the Periphery: The Shifting Margins of US International Relations Since World War II. January, 2017: 313-335.
  2. Brands, H; Suri, J. "Introduction: Thinking about history and foreign policy." The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft. January, 2016: 1-24.
  3. Brands, HS. ""Diplomatic Milestones, 1992-2000: Dilemmas of the Post-Cold War Era"." U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Ed. Robert J. McMahon and Thomas W. Zeiler CQ Press, 2012: 503-516.


  1. Hal Brands. Gangs and the New Insurgency in Latin America.  World Politics Review (June 10, 2009).
  2. Hal Brands. Mexico's Narco-Insurgency.  World Politics Review (December 22, 2008).
  3. H. Brands. Lo que no funcionará de nuevo.  El Universal (August 31, 2008).
  4. Hal Brands. U.S. Plan to Fight Drugs in Mexico Bound to Falter Without Changes.  San Jose Mercury News, LA Progressive, Tri-Cities Herald, Delaware State News, and other media outlets (July 27, 2008).
  5. Hal Brands. The War on Terror Has Fizzled.  Hartford Courant (September 2, 2007).
  6. H. Brands. The Rise of the Center in Latin America.  World Politics Review (July, 2009).


  1. Brands, HS. The Promise and Pitfalls of Grand Strategy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, August, 2012. [display.cfm]
  2. Brands, HS. Crime, Violence, and the Crisis in Guatemala: A Case Study in the Erosion of the State. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, May, 2010. [pdf]
  3. Brands, HS. Dilemmas of Brazilian Grand Strategy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, September, 2010. [pdf]
  4. Hal Brands. Political Ferment in Latin America: The Populist Resurgence, the Rise of the Center, and Implications for U.S. Policy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, September, 2009.
  5. Brands, HS. Dealing the Political Ferment in Latin America: The Populist Revival, the Emergence of the Center, and Implications for U.S. Policy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2009. [pdf]
  6. Brands, HS. Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counter-Drug Policy. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, May, 2009. [pdf]

Published Policy Briefs and Comments

  1. Brands, HS. "Breaking Down Obama's Grand Strategy." National Interest (23 June 2014). [breaking-down-obamas-grand-strategy-10719]
  2. Brands, HS. "The Enduring Dilemmas of Democracy Promotion." The National Interest (March, 2014). [the-enduring-dilemmas-democracy-promotion-10042]
  3. Brands, HS. "Ronald Reagan's Subtle Grand Strategy." The National Interest (March, 2014). [ronald-reagans-subtle-grand-strategy-10000]
  4. Brands, HS. "Seeking Fiscal Safety, U.S. Defense Cuts Raise Geopolitical Risk." World Politics Review (March, 2014).
  5. Brands, HS. "Archives and the Study of Nuclear Politics." (2014). [2-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-nuclear-weapons]
  6. Hal Brands, David Palkki. "Why Did Saddam Want the Bomb? The Israel Factor and the Iraqi Nuclear Program." Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Notes (August, 2011).
  7. Hal Brands. "El renacimiento populista, el crecimiento del centro, y la politica de los Estados Unidos en Latinoamerica." Air and Space Power Journal (Spanish Edition) (Primer Trimestre 2010). (Also published as "Como Enfrentar a Desarmonia na América Latina: O Resurgimento Populista, a Emergência do Centro e as Inferências para as Diretrizes Norte-Americanas," in Air and Space Power Journal (Portuguese Edition), 2nd Trimester 2010.)
  8. Hal Brands. "Los Zetas and Mexico's Transnational Drug War." World Politics Review (September, 2009).
  9. Hal Brands. "Third Generation Gangs and Criminal Insurgency in Latin America." Small Wars Journal (July, 2009).


  1. H. Brands and P. Feaver. "Common Fallacies and Uncommon Fixes in the American Grand Strategy Debate."  RAND Corporation Working Paper, September, 2012
  2. Hal Brands. "Criminal Fiefdoms in Latin America: Understanding the Problem of Alternatively Governed Spaces."  September, 2010 Policy paper prepared for US SOUTHCOM  [author's comments]

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