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Jussi Hanhimaki

Professor of International History
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Finnish by origin, I am currently Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. I have written or edited 12 books, including The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War (2013); United Nations: A Very Short Introduction (2008, 2015); and The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy (2004).

Subjects: History

Biography

Born in Finland, I completed my PhD in international history at Boston University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University's Charles Warren Centre and at the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, I was lecturer in international history at the London School of Economics in 1995-2000. I am currently Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where I have taught since September 2000.

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

    Cold War
    American Foreign Policy
    Transatlantic Relations
    International institutions
    Refugees

Personal Interests

    Sports of any kind

Websites

Books

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Articles

Cold War History

The Idealist and Kissinger’s Shadow


Published: Sep 08, 2016 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimaki
Subjects: History

Joint review of Niall Ferguson and Greg Grandin's new books on Kissinger

Cold War History

World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History


Published: Mar 23, 2015 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

Book Review on Henry Kissinger's latest book

Cold War History

The (really) good war? Cold War nostalgia and American foreign policy


Published: Sep 03, 2014 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

This article argues that the Cold War nostalgia of the present in the United States is ultimately based upon a poor – instrumentalist – reading of history. If anything, Cold War nostalgia shows the malleability of our present-day understanding of the past.

Cold War History

The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890–2010


Published: Dec 04, 2013 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

Review of Mary Nolan's book.

Cold War History

The eccentric Realist: Henry Kissinger and the shaping of American foreign polic


Published: May 18, 2011 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

Book review of Mario del Pero's book on Henry Kissinger.

Journal of Transatlantic Studies

‘They Can Write it in Swahili’: Kissinger, the Soviets, and the Helsinki Accords


Published: Mar 31, 2009 by Journal of Transatlantic Studies
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

Critical examination of Henry Kissinger's role in the negotiations leading to the signing of the CSCE in 1975.

Cold War History

Conservative goals, revolutionary outcomes: the paradox of détente


Published: Oct 08, 2008 by Cold War History
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

This essay maintains that détente, rather than stabilizing the international situation as many of its architects had hoped for, fundamentally altered the Cold War international system. Détente did not end the Cold War nor provide a clear road map towards 1989 (or 1991). But by bringing about an era of East-West engagement, détente was instrumental in setting in motion the many processes that ultimately caused the collapse of the international system that it was supposed to have stabilized.

Diplomacy & Statecraft

The first line of defence or a springboard for disintegration? European neutrals


Published: Oct 19, 2007 by Diplomacy & Statecraft
Authors: Jussi M. Hanhimäki

An account of the role of European neutrals in US foreign policy in the first decade-and-a-half of the cold war