Hal Brands is the author of From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008). He writes widely on U.S. foreign policy, Latin American security issues, and international crime and gang violence. His recent monograph, Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counter-Drug Policy, was published by the Army War College in June 2009. His next project, a history of the Cold War in Latin America, will be released by Harvard University Press in late 2010. He works as a defense analyst in Washington, D.C.