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Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
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Office Hours: On Leave Spring 2024
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BA University of Cologne, 1983
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), 1984, University of Cambridge, UK.
MA University of Cologne, 1987
Visiting PhD student, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1990–92
PhD University of Cologne, 1992

Research Interests

Klaus Larres is an expert on contemporary U.S. and German/EU foreign, economic, and security policies toward the transatlantic world and China and S.E. Asia. He writes and lectures on post-Cold War geopolitics, U.S. foreign policy, European integration, and the complex interactions that shape the triangle US-EU/Germany-China. He also has a great interest in the history of the Cold War and the politics of Winston Churchill.

In short, Larres’ major research interests are threefold: 1. Current U.S. and EU/German economic and security policies toward China and S.E. Asia; 2. Transatlantic relations, U.S., German and British foreign policy, and European integration; and 3. International history of the 20th century, in particular the Cold War and the politics of Winston Churchill.
Lecture Series

Some Notable Publications

  • Uncertain Allies: Nixon, Kissinger and the Threat of a United Europe (Yale University Press, 2022)
  • Editor, Dictators and Autocrats: Securing Power Across Global Politics (Routledge, 2022)
  • Co-editor, Terrorism and Transatlantic Relations: Threats and Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022)
  • Co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of German Politics (Oxford University Press, 2022)
  • Co-editor, Understanding Global Politics: Actors and Themes in International Affairs (Routledge, 2020)
  • Co-editor, German-American Relations in the 21st Century: A Fragile Friendship (Routledge, 2019)
  • Co-editor, Willy Brandt and International Relations: Europe, the U.S. and Latin America, 1974-1992 (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • Editor, The U.S. Secretaries of State and Transatlantic Relations (Routledge, 2010)
  • Editor, Companion to Europe since 1945 (Blackwell, 2009)
  • Churchill’s Cold War: The Politics of Personal Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2002)
  • Co-authored, A History of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-1989 (in German, 2nd ed., 2005).
  • Editor (with the assistance of E. Meehan), Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Politics of Illusion: Churchill, Eisenhower, and the German Question, 1945–1955 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1995) [written in German]

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 178H – The Global Order from World War II to the Present
  • HIST 246 – U.S. Foreign Relations in the 20th Century: The Long Cold War
  • HIST 245 (Maymester)–The U.S. and the Global Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy
  • HIST 397—Torn between the U.S. and Europe: Britain, Germany, and European Integration since World War II
  • HIST 398—Shaping the World: The Emergence of New Global Orders in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • HIST 577—Transatlantic Relations & Contemporary Geo-Politics: from the Cold War to the Present
  • HIST 580—Global Relations and Public History (in connection with the Krasno Global Events Series)