August 27, 2002 Klaus Larres Named Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations

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Public Contact: Kluge Center (202) 707-3302

Klaus W. Larres of Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, is the new Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, effective Sept. 2. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made the appointment upon the recommendation of a four-person selection committee consisting of members of the academic community and high-ranking foreign policy experts.

Larres is the second individual to occupy the Kissinger chair; the first was Aaron Friedberg, director of the research program in international security and acting director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton University.

Created through the generosity of friends of the former Secretary of State to honor him and emphasize the importance of foreign affairs, the Kissinger chair program offers outstanding thinkers and practitioners a unique opportunity to pursue advanced research in the largest and most international collection of library materials in the world.

As occupant of the Kissinger chair, Larres will spend ten months at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library’s Jefferson Building. He has chosen “The United States and the ‘Unity of Europe’: A Comparative Analysis of American Policy-Making and European Integration in the Post-1945 and Post-1990 Eras” as his area of research.

Larres is the Jean Monnet Professor, European Foreign and Security Policy at the School of Politics, Queen’s University of Belfast; he earned his doctorate from the University of Cologne in 1992. He is the author of numerous articles and books on international affairs in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, American and British foreign policy in the 20th century, modern and contemporary German history and politics, the history of European integration, and European foreign policy and transatlantic relations (including Anglo-American, German-American and British-German relations). His most recent book, “Churchill’s Cold War: The Politics of Personal Diplomacy [1908-55],” was published by Yale University Press this year.

Other recent published works include “The Cold War: Essential Readings” (Blackwell, 2001), co-editor; editor of “Germany since Unification: The Development of the Berlin Republic,” 2nd revised and expanded edition (Palgrave, 2001); editor, “Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration since 1945” (Oxford University Press, 2000); and co-author, “A History of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1989” (Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen, 1999).

For more information about the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair or any of the other fellowships and grants offered by the John W. Kluge Center, contact the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4860; telephone (202) 707-3302, fax 202-707-3595, e-mail:,


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