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Cuba After Castro: A Conversation with Lanie Millar

Lanie Millar is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. While at the Library of Congress on a Kluge Fellowship, she is doing research for her book manuscript on post-revolutionary literature from Cuba and Angola. Her project is titled, “Cuba and Angola: Cultural Conversations Before and After the Cold […]

Profiles in Leadership: Statesmen Who Made Breakthroughs for Peace and Security

As the 2015-2016 Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, political scientist Bruce Jentleson is writing and researching a new book on transformational leaders of the 20th century who made major breakthroughs for peace and security — and what lessons may exist for the 21st century. He […]

Inouye Back for Year Two

Our big event at the Kluge Center this April is the second annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture. Last year’s inaugural “lecture” featured former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell discussing shared values in U.S. foreign policy. This year’s event features Norman Y. Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation, and Alan K. Simpson, retired […]

Tony Blair at the Library of Congress

Last week the Kluge Center hosted the Right Honourable Tony Blair to deliver the Seventh Kissinger Lecture at the Library of Congress. The former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed the challenges posed by Islamic extremism and strategies to defeat the threat. He was then joined by the Honorable Martin S. Indyk, […]

Madeleine Albright Returns to the Library of Congress–Where She Wrote Her Dissertation

Earlier this fiscal year–last calendar year–Madeleine Albright sat on the Coolidge Auditorium stage inside the Library of Congress and thanked the Library for helping her to write her doctoral dissertation. “I’d like to thank the Library of Congress,” she said on the morning of November 19, 2014. “I wrote my dissertation on the role of […]

Perspectives on War and Peace at #ScholarFest

Over the past fifteen years the Kluge Center has been fortunate to host several distinguished foreign policy scholars and practitioners through our Kissinger Program. Fifteen scholars have held the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, conducting research in the Library’s collections and engaging in dialogue with policymakers and the public. Several […]

A Historical Perspective on the Cuba-U.S. Relationship

Historian Renata Keller recently spent nine months at the Kluge Center researching Cuba’s relationship with Mexico and the United States during the Cold War. She spoke with Program Specialist Jason Steinhauer about the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin to normalize relations between the two countries. Hi Renata, thanks for speaking to us. […]

Real Realpolitik

In the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs, John J. Mearsheimer writes that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia “shows that realpolitik remains relevant–and states that ignore it do so at their own peril.” That Realpolitik remains relevant to conversations on foreign affairs is certainly evidenced by its seeming ubiquity in public discourse. Commentators around the […]