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Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations

Hal Brands is the 19th Kissinger Chair, appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Brands' work as well as for the previous chairs from 2001 until the present.


The Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center serves as a catalyst for fresh analysis of foreign affairs in the global era. The Kissinger Chair is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress upon the recommendation of a selection committee including representatives from the academic community and high-ranking foreign policy experts no longer in office. While in residence at the Kluge Center, the Chair engages in research on foreign policy and international affairs that will lead to publication.

The Kissinger Chair has supported scholars from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The following materials and presentations will guide you in getting to know their work.

Most Recent Chair - Hal Brands

Hal Brands, 2020-2021 Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations. Photo credit: Kaveh Sardari, 2016.

Hal Brands is an expert on global affairs and grand strategy. He is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Currently a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Brands is the author or editor of several books and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. As Kissinger Chair at the Kluge Center, Brands is working on a project titled “How to Wage a Twilight Struggle: Lessons from America’s Cold War.”

The links below provide access to his Library of Congress presentations as well as links to external webcasts and print publications.

Learn More About Hal Brands

Public Diplomacy After COVID: Is China Winning the Global PR Battle? (event date: June 26, 2020)

The level of friction between the US and China appears to be rising as both countries deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, and as other issues like the status of Hong Kong only complicate relations. How does vaccine development play into the rivalry between the two powers? Is a US-China Cold War in the works, or already here? In this Kluge Center event, John Haskell, director of the center, discusses with former Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations Carla P. Freeman and Kissinger Chair Hal Brands.

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

The following links feature presentations by Hal Brands available on the external site YouTube.