Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is one of America’s most influential foreign policy strategists. He is co-founder and principal of the The Marathon Initiative, author of The Strategy of Denial and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development in the Trump administration.

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Elbridge Colby is shaping foreign policy in Republican circles. A China hawk, he wants the US to focus on that singular threat. This means asking US allies to shoulder their own defence burden. 

Colby is often credited with providing the intellectual framework behind what we crudely call America First. He believes the US military is overstretched and needs to focus resources on China. This great power conflict constitutes the chief challenge to America’s hegemony and needs to be prioritised. Colby advocates a more pragmatic approach to other autocratic regimes that lack the same existential threat.     

He is the co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, where he is at the forefront of developing strategies to prepare the US for sustained great power competition. As the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development under Trump, he is widely touted for a major national security role if Trump wins this November

Colby is the author of The Strategy of Denial, which was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 10 books of 2021. It cemented his role as a leading realist thinker combatting the neoconservative tendencies of previous Republican administrations.  

Elbridge Colby also writes extensively in shorter form. His work appears in leading outlets like Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His insights are sought by international media as they grapple with the future of US foreign policy. Colby is also a frequent guest on podcasts like UnHerd and CSIS’s ChinaPower

Colby's contributions have earned him distinguished awards from the Department of Defense and the Department of State. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Colby graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Elbridge Colby’s vision for US foreign policy carries significant influence in Washington D.C. He helps audiences understand how America’s priorities are shifting and the consequences for its allies in Europe and Asia.


The Strategy of Denial

American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict

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