June 10, 2003 Kissinger Scholar Klaus Larres Gives Lecture at the Library of Congress on June 23

"Downward Course: European-American Relations from the 1970s to the Present" Is Topic

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Klaus Larres, Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture titled "Downward Course: European-American Relations from the 1970s to the Present" at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, which is sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, is free and open to the public.

Larres was appointed as the second Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar at the Library of Congress in September 2002. Prior to this, he was the Jean Monnet Professor in 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 and also studied at Manchester University and the London School of Economics. In September 2003 he will occupy the Royal Holloway Chair in International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of London.

Larres is the author of numerous books and articles 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," was published by Yale University Press in 2002. He has recently published an article on the current rift in the transatlantic alliance, "Mutual Incomprehension: U.S.-German Value Gaps Beyond Iraq" in the "Washington Quarterly."

In addition to pursuing his research project titled "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" during his tenure as Kissinger Scholar at the Kluge Center, Larres participated in various scholarly conferences and taught a number of seminars at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. He also spoke to various Churchill societies in the United States and organized several public events at the Library of Congress, including a talk on his recent Churchill book last December; a discussion of his experiences of "Life in Northern Ireland and Belfast"; and a roundtable discussion in March marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin. Scheduled for June 18 is the last major program he has organized and will serve as moderator, a panel discussion with historical witnesses titled, "Re-evaluating the Nixon/Ford/Kissinger Era: Transatlantic Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy During the 1970s and Beyond."

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. The first scholar to occupy the Kissinger chair was Aaron Friedberg, director of the research program in international security and acting director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton University. Recently, Xiang Lanxin, professor of international history and politics at the Institut universitaire de hautes ├ętudes internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, was named as the third Kissinger scholar, effective in September.

For more information about the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair or any of the other fellowships, grants and programs 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, or visit the Web at https://www.loc.gov/kluge.


PR 03-106
ISSN 0731-3527