Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften

Robert Hutchings (University of Texas, Austin): American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War*

  • Wann 05.11.2015 von 18:00 bis 23:59
  • Wo Hörsaal 1072 | Unter den Linden 6
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Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Neue Forschungen zum Kalten Krieg"


Chair: Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research)


The swift and peaceful end of the Cold War in Europe was among the most remarkable developments of the twentieth century. American diplomacy has been widely credited with successfully navigating this tumultuous period, forging consensus within the Western alliance while also helping Soviet leaders come to accept the precipitous loss of empire. This presentation, based on new archival evidence as well as the speaker’s personal role in these events, explores the strategic planning that guided American policy, but also the improvisation and experimentation that was needed as revolutionary events outpaced even the most carefully considered plans. It also examines aspects of successful diplomacy that are often overlooked by historians: skillful management of the foreign policy bureaucracy, creation of effective decision-making processes, and careful alignment of diplomats, experts, and negotiators with policy-makers at the highest levels.


Robert Hutchings is the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the LBJ School, he was Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University. His combined academic and diplomatic career included service as Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador, and Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. He is author of four books, including Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2015).


* Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache


Die Ringvorlesung „Neue Forschungen zum Kalten Krieg“ ist eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und des Berliner Kollegs Kalter Krieg. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier


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