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Charles A. Kupchan

Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow

Expertise

U.S. grand strategy and foreign policy; U.S. national security; diplomacy and rapprochement; transatlantic relations; NATO; European Union; nationalism; the Balkans

Programs

Europe Program

Featured Publications

Book

The End of the American Era

Author: Charles A. Kupchan

At a time when American primacy appears to be stronger than ever, Council Fellow and Georgetown Professor Charles Kupchan argues that the end of Pax Americana is near. What will replace American supremacy, and how American leaders should prepare for this new era, are the central questions of this provocative new book.

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Interview

Kupchan: Mood of U.S. Ties with France, Germany Improve with ‘Slim Pickings’ on Substance

Charles A. Kupchan interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR’s top Europe expert, sees major improvements in the mood of U.S.-Europe relations, but, he cautions,  there are only “slim pickings” to show on policy issues like Iran and Afghanistan.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Grand Strategy for a Divided America

Authors: Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz

Deep divisions at home about the nature of the United States' engagement with the world threaten to produce failed leadership abroad -- and possibly isolationism. To steady U.S. global leadership and restore consensus to U.S. foreign policy, U.S. commitments overseas must be scaled back to a more politically sustainable level.

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Interview

Kupchan: Putin’s ‘Bolt from Blue’ on Missile Defense Highlight of G8 Conference

Charles A. Kupchan interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR’s top European expert, says the just-concluded G8 conference in Germany was notable for the clear effort of Presidents Putin and Bush to put aside their sharp differences on European missile defense. Kupchan also noted the compromise worked out by Bush with the European Union states on climate control issues. For that, Kupchan says, Bush deserves some credit for avoiding confrontations, and his seeming willingness to reach accords.

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Current Projects

Past Projects

CFR Events

General Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

Britain's Place in Europe

Speakers:

Charles A. Kupchan, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Adam S. Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England (2009-2012)

Presider:

Michael Mosettig, Writer, PBS Online NewsHour
June 6, 2013 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

ListenWatch

Guest Event ⁄ New York

Book Party for "No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn" by Charlie Kupchan

Speakers:

Charles A. Kupchan, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
March 8, 2012 5:30-7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception and Book Signing with informal remarks at 6:00 PM

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

Building Lasting Peace Among Nations

Speaker:

Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow for Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
March 4, 2010

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

CFR Symposium on NATO at 60, Panel One: NATO in the International System

Speakers:

Charles A. Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen M. Walt, Harvard University, Ole Waever, University of Copenhagen

Moderator:

James M. Goldgeier, Council on Foreign Relations
February 25, 2009 5:30-8:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Negotiating Iran from the European and Russian Perspectives

Speakers:

Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow and Director for Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2006

This meeting is on the record.

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Press/Panels

Video Interview

Charles Kupchan on PBS NewsHour

Charles Kupchan appears on PBS's NewsHour to discuss Russian activity in the Crimea and the U.S. and European responses.

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Radio Interview

Charles Kupchan on Voice of America

Charles Kupchan joins Voice of America's Encounter to examine the significance and implications of French President Francois Hollande's state visit to Washington.

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Bio

Dr. Kupchan is Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also professor of international affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University.

Dr. Kupchan was director for European affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the policy planning staff. Prior to government service, he was an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

He is the author of No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (2012), How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2010), The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century (2002), Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (2001), Civic Engagement in the Atlantic Community (1999), Atlantic Security: Contending Visions (1998), Nationalism and Nationalities in the New Europe (1995), The Vulnerability of Empire (1994), The Persian Gulf and the West (1987), and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs.

Dr. Kupchan received a BA from Harvard University and MPhil and DPhil degrees from Oxford University. He has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, Columbia University's Institute for War and Peace Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Centre d'Étude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo. During 2006-2007, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Scholar at the Library of Congress and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.