Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Colin Kahl | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Gain valuable insights into America's response to international crises and understand the implications of geopolitical competition with Colin Kahl, speaker, national security expert, and professor.
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Colin Kahl | Speaker Biography

Colin Kahl is a highly   national security expert with experience in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He possesses a deep understanding of the implications arising from the escalating geopolitical, military, and technological competition among global powers, including the United States, China, and Russia.

From April 2021 to July 2023, Kahl served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, holding the third-highest civilian position in the Pentagon. During this tenure, he provided valuable counsel to the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to national security and defense policy. Notably, Kahl played a pivotal role in shaping the 2022 National Defense Strategy, which specifically addressed the challenges posed by China. Additionally, he spearheaded the Department's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other international crises.

With an extensive background, which includes serving as Vice President Biden's national security adviser and as the Middle East policy chief at the Pentagon during the Obama administration, Kahl brings a wealth of knowledge to his current role as a professor and senior fellow at Stanford University. Through his expertise, he aids audiences in comprehending the underlying geopolitical, military, and technological trends that are shaping our increasingly turbulent world.

Furthermore, Kahl is a co-author of the book "Aftershocks: Pandemic Politics and the End of the Old International Order," which garnered recognition as one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times.

During his speeches, Kahl covers various topics, including America's response to the war in Ukraine. In doing so, he provides valuable insights into President Biden's approach and shares the lessons learned from rallying support for Ukraine. Moreover, Kahl delves into U.S. defense strategy in the face of geopolitical competition, outlining the necessary actions America must take to ensure its safety and prosperity amid challenges posed by China, Russia, and other rival nations.

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