• Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War & the post-Cold War years
• International Relations and Geopolitics in the 20th and 21st century
• The history and politics of European integration in past and present, including the Euro crisis and its repercussions
• British contemporary history and politics, incl. Britain & European integration
• German-American, German-British & Anglo-American relations during the Cold War & the post-Cold War years
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 at Johns Hopkins University’s School
of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Larres joined UNC Chapel Hill
in January 2012, after having spent the previous two and a half years as a visiting
professor at Yale and the Department of European Studies at SAIS in Washington, DC.
Before moving to the U.S., Larres spent almost 18 years working and studying in the UK.
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 Northern Ireland.
In the summer of 2012 Larres was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars. Larres held the prestigious Henry A. Kissinger Chair in
Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC,
from 2002 to 2003. Subsequently he was selected twice as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar
at the Library of Congress. Larres has also held fellowships and visiting professorships at
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 European integration as well as on
American, British and German foreign policies in comparative perspective. His work focuses
on the repercussions of US foreign policy on the political, economic and cultural
transformation processes in Europe, SE Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. He also works
on the rapidly changing geopolitical developments in the post-Cold War world, the
repercussions of the Euro crisis and the international history and legacy of the Cold War.
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 frequently gives talks to international audiences and acts as a
consultant and interview partner for the international media, including the BBC, CCTV,
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.
Larres has published widely and among his 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). He has witnessed and analyzed the
2011 revolution in Egypt, the Obama administration’s ‘Asian pivot’ and Obama’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
2014). He also is engaged in a co-edited handbook for Routledge Global Politics: Actors
and Themes (c. 2015/16).