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Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
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BA University of Cologne, 1983
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

  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • HIST 292—Britain in World Affairs since 1945
  • HIST 397—Torn between the U.S. and Europe: Britain, Germany, and European Integration since World War II
  • HIST 490—The U.S. and the Cold War: International Perspectives
  • HIST 490—British Contemporary History from Churchill to the Present
  • HIST 890—Transatlantic Relations during the Cold War and Beyond: The U.S. and European Unity