December 7, 2021 John W. Kluge Center Welcomes into Residence Experts on U.S. Relations with Russia and China

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has welcomed two new scholars whose work deals with pressing topics in international relations.


Andrew Weiss will begin his appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations in December 2021. Mary Lovely will begin her appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations in January 2022. Weiss and Lovely will make use of the Library’s resources to conduct research on Russia and China and will hold events to engage in conversation with congressional members and staff. 


Andrew Weiss is the James Family Chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia. Weiss’s career has spanned the public and private sectors. He previously served as director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.


Weiss will explore the nature and scope of Russia’s competitive threat to the U.S. and the risks of overestimating or underestimating particular facets of Russia’s strategic ambitions. Weiss hopes to provide “the right analytical tools to set priorities and differentiate between major and minor threats to U.S. interests.”


Mary Lovely is professor of economics and the Melvin A. Eggers Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. From 2011 to 2015, she served as co-editor of the “China Economic Review.”


At the Kluge Center, Lovely will research how U.S. policymakers have calculated the costs and benefits of greater economic integration with China, particularly in the wake of China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization. Lovely looks forward to examining a large collection of executive and legislative branch briefs, reports and statements related to Trade Promotion Authority, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations held in the Library’s collections.


The Library of Congress chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations, filled by Weiss and Lovely, were established thanks to a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The chairs lead policy-relevant research, programming and bipartisan legislative discussion on U.S. relations with Russia and China. The focus is on the present state of relations and the public policy challenges likely to face legislators in the future.


The Chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China Relations are appointed by the Librarian of Congress and through these chairs, the Library seeks to bridge the gap between scholars and policymakers by bringing insights from research to policy and practice.


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ISSN 0731-3527


PR PR 21-077
ISSN 0731-3527