Robert G. Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. Kaufman has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
He is the author of three books. His book In Defense of the Bush Doctrine: Moral Democratic Realism and American Grand Strategy was first published in 2007, and the paperback was released in 2008. In 2000, his biography, Henry M Jackson: A Life in Politics, received the Emil and Katherine Sick Award for the best book on the history of the Pacific Northwest. His first book, Arms Control during the Prenuclear Era, studied the interwar naval treaties and their linkage to the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific. Kaufman also assisted President Richard M. Nixon in the research and writing of Nixon’s final book, Beyond Peace. He is currently in the research phase of a biography of President Ronald Reagan that focuses on his presidency and his quest for it.
Kaufman received his JD from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., and his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University in New York. He is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He taught at Colgate University, the Naval War College, and the University of Vermont prior to joining the faculty of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.