Research interests: contemporary international history in East Asia; international affairs, diplomacy, and strategy.
Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.
Before coming to Harvard in 2015, Westad was School Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). While at LSE, he directed LSE IDEAS, a leading centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy.
Professor Westad won the Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. The book, which has been translated into fifteen languages, also won a number of other awards. Westad served as general editor for the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, and is the author of the Penguin History of the World (now in its 6th edition). His most recent book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, won the Asia Society’s book award for 2013.
Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Westad, Arne. "China and the End of the Cold War in Europe." Cold War History 17.2 (June 2017): 111-113.
Westad, Arne. The Cold War: A World History. Basic Books, 2017.
Westad, Arne. "The Balkans: A Cold War Mystery." The Balkans in the Cold War. Ed. Svetozar Rajak et al.. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Westad, Arne. "Hegemonic Power During the Cold War and Beyond." Global Powers: Michael Mann's Anatomy of the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Ed. Schroeder, Ralph. Cambridge University Press, 2016, 246-255.
Roberts, Priscilla, and Arne Westad, eds. China, Hong Kong, and the Long 1970s: Global Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Holtsmark, Sven G., Iver B. Neumann, and Odd Arne Westad, eds. The Soviet Union in Eastern Europe, 1945–89. Springer, 2016.