Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University
37th &O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsKroenig is an expert on U.S. national security policy and strategy, nuclear deterrence, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, Iran, and counterterrorism. From May 2010 to May 2011, he served as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. In 2005, he worked as a strategist 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, Kroenig was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. He also regularly consults with the defense, energy, and intelligence communities.
A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).
Argues that a limited U.S. military strike on Iran’s key nuclear facilities would be preferable to acquiescing to a nuclear-armed Iran in the event that diplomacy fails to head off the Iranian nuclear challenge.
"Nuclear Superiority and the Balance of Resolve: Explaining Nuclear Crisis Outcomes" International Organization 67, no. 1 (2013): 141-171.
Presents a theoretical explanation and evidence to show that states with a nuclear advantage over an opponent are more likely to achieve their political goals in international crises.
"Exporting the Bomb: Why States Provide Sensitive Nuclear Assistance" American Political Science Review 103, no. 1 (2009): 113-133.
Shows that among countries with nuclear capabilities, those with the weakest conventional militaries are most likely to export dangerous nuclear technology to other states.
"Importing the Bomb: Sensitive Nuclear Assistance and Nuclear Proliferation" Journal of Conflict Resolution 53, no. 2 (2009): 161-180.
Presents systematic evidence to show that the transfer of sensitive nuclear material and technology between states increases the risk of nuclear proliferation.
"War Makes the State, but Not as It Pleases: Homeland Security and American Anti-Statism" (with Jay Stowsky). Security Studies 15, no. 2 (2006): 225-270.
Shows that U.S. domestic political institutions curtailed the expansion of executive branch power in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Talks and Briefings
"Russian Violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty," The Heritage Foundation, February 25, 2014.
"Balancing Nuclear Proliferation Concerns and Nuclear Modernization Needs," Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia, November 2013.
"U.S. Policy toward Iran," Various locations in the U.S. and abroad, March 2012 through August 2013.