Dr. Klaus Larres

Prof. Klaus Larres, Ph.D. is the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. He also is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and a Visiting Professor in European Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Previously he was a Professor in International Relations at the University of London, Jean Monnet Professor at Queen’s University Belfast and Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of Ulster in the UK.

In 2002-03 Larres held the prestigious Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Subsequently he was selected twice as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress. Larres has also held fellowships and visiting professorships at Yale University, Oxford University, University of Innsbruck in Austria, George Washington University, Washington, DC, the University of Jyvaeskylae in Finland, the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

Larres is an expert on transatlantic relations and on American, German and British foreign policies in comparative perspective. His work focuses on the repercussions of US driven globalization on the political, economic and cultural transformation processes in Europe and elsewhere, the geopolitical developments in the post-Cold War world, the history, politics and economics of European integration and the international history of the Cold War. In particular he is greatly interested in the impact of American hegemony on the contemporary world with a focus on Europe, the Middle East (Gulf states, Egypt) and Central Asia (Uzbekistan and neighboring countries).

Larres has been selected as a Fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), the UK’s Royal Historical Society, the American Academy of Political Science, and the IDEAS Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy at the London School of Economics (LSE). He has many speaking engagements and frequently acts as a consultant and interview partner for the international media, including the BBC, CNN, Sky, VOA, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, ZDF, ARD, C-Span as well as for the Gerson Lehman Group, the New York based international consultancy firm. Larres was educated at the University of Cologne in Germany and the LSE in the UK.

Among Larres’ many book publications are the well-received Churchill’s Cold War. The Politics of Personal Diplomacy (Yale UP, 2002) and, recently, the Blackwell Companion to Europe since 1945 (ed., Blackwell, 2009) and The U.S. Secretaries of State and Transatlantic Relations (ed., Routledge, 2010). Recently he has witnessed and analyzed the 2011 revolution in Egypt and the Obama administration’s politics toward Europe in the context of the global economic and financial crisis. At present he works on a book entitled Enlightened Self-Interest? The United States and the ‘Unity of Europe’ from Truman to Obama (contracted by Yale University Press for publication in 2013).

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Assertive Supremacy and Enlightened Self-Interest: The United States and the “Unity of Europe”


American policy toward the integration of the European continent since the Second World War can be aptly summarized with the help of a statement made by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. “I am extraordinarily patient,” she once said, “provided I get my own way in the end.” …

The Fall of the Wall at 20: Global Consequences Today


When East Germans first crossed through the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, no one knew that the consequences of this one small act would have global ramifications, bringing about the end of the forty year Cold War, and transforming the framework of global politics. The past twenty years have shown that the fall of the Berlin Wall is far from being just an end-point; rather, it was the beginning of a new era in German-American relations, in transatlantic cooperation, and in global affairs. The authors of German-American Issues 12 – J.D. Bindenagel, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Klaus Larres, and Holger Wolf – reflect on these and other consequences of the events of November 1989, proving that that historic moment is just as relevant today as it was twenty years ago.