I have held a number of fellowships at such institutions as: the Woodrow Wilson Centre, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace. In 2006 I was named Finland Distinguished Professor by the Academy of Finland. I am also the recipient of the Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and have authored, co-authored or edited twelve books and countless articles and chapters. My work has appeared in seven languages (Arabic, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Turkish).
I consider myself a specialist of the international history of the Cold War, transatlantic relations, and the role of international institutions. Among my publications are: An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences (2013) and The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War (2013); Transatlantic Relations Since 1945: An Introduction (2012); The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction (2008, 2015); The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy (2004); (with Odd Arne Westad), The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (2003); and (with A. Best, J. Maiolo and K. Schultze) International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2008, 2nd ed.), and other works.
I am currently working on two big book projects: The Cold War: A Transnational History and The Outsiders: Kissinger, Brzezinski, and the American Century.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
American Foreign Policy