Fred Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the “War Stories” columnist for Slate, is a leading authority on two of today’s hottest headline stories—the rise of cyber war and the revival of fears about nuclear war. The author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (hailed by the New York Times as “eye-opening history” and “a page-turner”), Kaplan has spoken—at universities, military academies, intelligence agencies, cyber-security training seminars, and corporate conferences—about the dangers of new digital technologies, the lessons we can learn from decades of attempts to control them, and how they are altering global politics, Western democracies, and our daily lives.
Kaplan is also the author of The Wizards of Armageddon, widely regarded as the definitive history of nuclear war planning. In recent Slate columns, Kaplan has traced the evolution of the nuclear arms races, analyzed how U.S. diplomatic failures spawned North Korea’s atom bomb, forecast the odds of nuclear war in the age of Donald Trump, and shown how an understanding of history can help us avoid catastrophe.
Kaplan is long considered an expert on a broad range of issues in foreign policy and national security. He has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and many others, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC. His book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, was a New York Times best seller and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has a Ph.D. from M.I.T.
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