Council on Foreign Relations Lecture Series

The National History Center has entered into a partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations for a series of lectures. Periodically, a historian addresses an audience on a foreign relations topic from the perspective of history.

June 25th, 2012

NHC-Council on Foreign Relations Series: John Lewis Gaddis on George Kennan

On June 4, the National History Center and the Council on Foreign Relations hosted a conversation with John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University, on his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography George F. Kennan: An American Life. Council President Richard Haass interviewed Professor Gaddis on the personal and […]

October 26th, 2011

NHC-Council on Foreign Relations Series: Jonathan Steinberg on Bismarck

The National History Center and the Council on Foreign Relations hosted a conversation with historian Jonathan Steinberg at the CFR’s New York headquarters on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Titled “Personality and Power: The Case of Otto von Bismarck,” the program was based upon Steinberg’s recent book, Bismarck: A Life. History Center Director Wm. Roger Louis […]

December 15th, 2010

Evan Thomas and Douglas Brinkley Discuss Presidents and War

In the latest event co-hosted by the Center and the Council on Foreign Relations at the Council’s New York headquarters, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley questioned Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas on the relationship between U.S. Presidents and war.  Evan Thomas delves into the “psychohistory” of Theodore Roosevelt’s enthusiasm for the Spanish-American War and Roosevelt’s subsequent […]

January 14th, 2010

Paul Kennedy discusses the ‘Sinews of Power’

Paul M. Kennedy, Director, International Security Studies and Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University, discussed with Richard N. Haass, the Director of Council on Foreign Relations, the “Sinews of Power”: Rediscovering the Foundations of National Security” at the Council’s New York office on December 14, 2009. Paul Kennedy’s conversation is entitled “The Sinews of […]

May 1st, 2009

David Fromkin Speaks at Fourth Council on Foreign Relations Lecture

On April 29, at the Council on Foreign Relations‘ headquarters in New York, David Fromkin, Professor of International Relations, History, and Law, Boston University, and Sir Harold M. Evans, Editor-at-Large for The Week Magazine, sat down for a conversation about the post-Ottoman Empire era in the Middle East. This meeting, entitled An Unsettling Settlement: The […]

March 5th, 2009

Marilyn Young Gives Third Council on Foreign Relations Lecture

As part of the on-going lecture series with the National History Center and the Council on Foreign Relations, Marilyn B. Young gave a lecture on “The Legacy of the Vietnam War” to a full house at the Council’s New York headquarters on February 3, 2009.  Professor of History at the New York University, Young discussed […]

March 4th, 2008

Fear and Hitler’s Instant Subversion of Freedom

Fritz Stern gave the second lecture on “Fear and Hitler’s Instant Subversion of Freedom” in the series with the Council on Foreign Relations on March 4, 2008. Professor Stern, University Professor Emeritus of History from Columbia University, addressed a full house on how Germany was transformed into a dictatorship and how quickly. Professor Stern then […]

October 24th, 2007

Surprise Attacks Reconsidered

The first lecture was on October 24, 2007 with Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of History, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. May discussed some of the most infamous surprise attacks in history, including the fall of France in World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the September […]