Prof. Klaus W. Larres, Ph.D., is the RichardM. KrasnoDistinguishedProfessorofHistoryandInternationalAffairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. Larres has recently served as a Counselor and Senior Policy Adviser at the German Embassy in Beijing, China. Email: email@example.com
Larres is a Visiting Professor at Schwarman College/Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and a non-residential Senior Fellow at the think tank Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
Expertise: Larres is an expert on contemporary U.S. and German/EU foreign, economic, and security policies with a focus on the transatlantic world and China and S.E. Asia. In particular, he writes and lectures on the triangle China-US-EU/Germany. He has also worked on the complex North Korea problem, the history of the Global Cold War and the politics of Winston Churchill.
In short, Larres’ major research interests are threefold: 1. Current economic and political relations US-China & EU/Germany-China; 2. Transatlantic relations, U.S., German and British foreign policy, and EU politics; 3. The Global Cold War & 20th century international history.
Previous positions: Larres is the former holder of the Henry A Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the former Clifford Hackett Visiting Professor of European History at Yale University. He also was selected as a Member/ Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, NJ.
In 2016 he was a Fellow at the Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, Germany's leading think tank, where he dealt with Germany's security and China policy. In this context he also was an adviser and co-organized several briefings for the U.S. and Asia experts at the German Chancellery and the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin in preparation of Chancellor Merkel's 9th official visit to China. Larres was a Visiting Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, in early 2017.
Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2009, Larres was a professor in International Relations at the University of London (Royal Holloway) and Jean Monnet Professor for European Foreign and Security Policy at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland
Current and recent activities: Larres is busy completing a book entitled “Enlightened Self-Interest: The U.S. and the Unity of Europe from Truman to Trump” (for Yale UP). He is also engaged in conducting research for a monograph entitled “Germany-U.S.-China: the Search for Order and National Advantage” (provisional title). In addition he is preparing a number of co-edited books on global politics and international affairs. Among his best known books is probably the volume Churchill's Cold War: The Politics of Personal Diplomacy (Yale UP, 2002).
During his 2018 stint as Counselor and Senior Policy Adviser at the German Embassy Beijing, China, he was engaged in the analysis of the trilateral relations among China, the US and Germany. He also was involved in the preparation of Chancellor Merkel's 11th official visit to China as well as in many other issues of German-Chinese relations. He represented the Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany at a number of official occasions.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Larres directs the Krasno Global Affairs and Business Council and has been in charge of the Krasno Events Series since 2012 (https://www.krasnoevents.com). The Krasno Events Series consists of a lecture series with eminent scholars entitled “The U.S. in World Affairs,” an “Ambassadors & Distinguished Statespersons Forum” that has attracted many leading diplomats to UNC, and a new forum “U.S.-China-Europe” which analyzes the manifold implications of the rise of China. The talks in these series are all video-taped and published on this ‘You Tube’ channel: www.youtube.com/KrasnoUNC
Born in Germany, Larres was educated at the University of Cologne and the LSE in the UK. He has published widely on all of the above research themes. He frequently gives interviews to the global media and is often consulted by media organizations & think tanks.
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