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Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations

Past Kissinger Chairs, 2017-2020

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From 2017-2020, the scholars Constanze Stelzenmüller, Ivan Krastev, and Barry Posen individually held the position of Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations.

The research topics that these scholars focused on during their tenure included:

  • Germany’s role in a changing world
  • Post-Cold War political balance
  • United States multipolar political order

The sections below provide a brief biography for each scholar and include webcasts of their Library of Congress lectures and programs, as well as selected bibliographies of their print publications.

Constanze Stelzenmüller is an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy. She was a Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At the Kluge Center, she worked on a book project titled “The Dilemma of German Power,” examining Germany’s role in a changing world of competition among the great powers.


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June 10, 2020

Constanze Stelzenmüller and Andrew Weiss discuss what systems are handling the pandemic better and why, how the European Union is dealing with the pandemic, internal politics in Russia, and how all of this impacts the United States. John Haskell, director of the Kluge Center, moderated.

December 5, 2019

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Constanze Stelzenmüller, 18th Kissinger Chair, and Hope M. Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, discussed the historic event and its ongoing significance for the future of democracy. The conversation was moderated by Kluge Center director, John Haskell.


Print Materials

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

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group. At the Kluge Center, Krastev finished his book, “The Light that Failed: A Reckoning”, about why the West, after winning the Cold War, lost its political balance.


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February 18, 2020

Ivan Krastev discussed his book, “The Light That Failed”, co-authored with Stephen Holmes. The book analyzes why the West, after winning the Cold War, lost its political balance.

May 09, 2019

Kluge Center Director John Haskell interviewed Ivan Krastev on the connection between culture and politics in the European Union. The event was co-hosted by the European Delegation and the Embassy of Bulgaria as a part of the European Month of Culture.

November 01, 2018

Drawing on world-wide case studies, speakers at this event discussed the ideals of liberalism in foreign policy and considered recent critiques that the promotion of democracy is simply a pragmatic or hypocritical Western stance.


Print Materials

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

Barry Posen is professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the MIT Security Studies Program. At the Kluge Center, Posen studied the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order.


Print Materials

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