Commissioned Officer portrait of Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Jun. 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Commissioned Officer portrait of Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Jun. 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Colin Kahl


Colin H. Kahl is the inaugural Steven C. Hazy senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies' Center for International Security and Cooperation and a strategic consultant at the Penn-Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. From 2014 to 2017, he was deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East. In 2011, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. He lives in Redwood City, CA. with his wife and two children. Kahl is a co-editor of Shadow Government.
Articles by Colin Kahl
Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.
Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.
Iranian troops in the Strait of Hormuz celebrate National Persian Gulf Day on April 30.
Iranian troops in the Strait of Hormuz celebrate National Persian Gulf Day on April 30.
Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
John Bolton appears on a TV monitor as he speaks on "Meet the Press" in Washington on Oct. 15, 2006. (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
John Bolton appears on a TV monitor as he speaks on "Meet the Press" in Washington on Oct. 15, 2006. (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un address the 5th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Dec. 23. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un address the 5th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Dec. 23. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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