• S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations
  • Arne_Westad@hks.harvard.edu
  • https://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/arne-westad
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government | Mailbox 74 | 79 JFK Street | Cambridge | MA 02138

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.

Watch Professor Westad deliver the 2017 Reischauer Lecture: Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations on YouTube:

Part 1: China and Korea from 1392 (the Beginning of the Choson State) to the Late 19th Century

Part 2: China and Korea in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 

Part 3: Contemporary China and the Two Koreas

From the Fairbank Podcast:

文安立是哈佛大学美国与亚洲关系教授,于肯尼迪政府学院任教。文安立教授是当代国际历史和东亚地区的专家,加入哈佛大学前于伦敦政治经济学院担任国际历史教授。他的研究兴趣包括东亚现代国际史,国际关系,外交与策略。近期出版书籍包括《Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750》(2013),《The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times(2005)

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.

Book Chapters

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.

Edited Volumes

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.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies