Konstantin Kakaes

Fellow, International Security Program

Konstantin Kakaes is a fellow with the International Security program at New America. He is the author of "The Pioneer Detectives", an e-book about space exploration. Before coming to New America, Mr Kakaes was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Mr Kakaes was The Economist's bureau chief in Mexico City from 2005 to 2009, and before that covered science and technology for The Economist from London. He has a B.A. in Physics from Harvard.

All Work

FELLOWS
Even Better than the Real Thing

A discussion to celebrate the publication of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism.


FELLOWS
2018 Fellows Information Session - DC

The Fellows program supports talented journalists, scholars, analysts, filmmakers, and practitioners whose work confronts pressing problems.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
2018 Fellows Information Session - NYC

The Fellows program supports talented journalists, scholars, analysts, filmmakers, and practitioners whose work confronts pressing problems.


FELLOWS
Bad Math Props Up Trump's Border Wall

Konstantin Kakaes wrote for MIT Technology Review about the cost of Donald Trump's proposed border wall.


FELLOWS and INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
A Son’s Portrait of His Murderous Drug Lord Father, Pablo Escobar

Konstantin Kakaes wrote a review in "Pablo Escobar: My Father" in the Washington Post.


FELLOWS and INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Cosmic Certainties

Konstantin Kakaes reviewed "Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe" in the Wall Street Journal.


FELLOWS
Summer Reading: There and Back Again with Tolkien

Konstantin Kakaes writes on why his favorite literary destination is still, after all these years, Middle Earth.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
New Directions

Konstantin Kakaes wrote for the Wall Street Journal Book Review about Greg Milner's "Pinpoint."


RESOURCE SECURITY
The Lanthanum In Your Lens

Why it takes most of the periodic table to make an iPhone, and why many of those elements aren't mined in the U.S. today.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Air Force Faces Shortage of Drone and Jet Pilots

Konstantin Kakaes was quoted in CNN about the increased demand for drone and jet pilots.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Navy Seeks Autonomous Drones Despite Warnings From Critics

Konstantin Kakaes was quoted in CNN about naval drones.


NEW AMERICA
Drones: The Science Fiction Technology of Tomorrow is Already Here Today

Key questions for policy makers.