Charles Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. During 2006-2007, he holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress and is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Kupchan was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council 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 The End of the America 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.
Kupchan received a B.A. from Harvard University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. 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, and the Centre d’Etude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo.
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Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 35
Over the past two decades, political polarization has shaken the domestic foundations of U.S. grand strategy, sorely testing bipartisan support for liberal internationalism. Stephen Chaudoin, Helen Milner, and Dustin Tingley take issue with this interpretation, contending that liberal internationalism in the United States is alive and well. Their arguments, however, do not stand up to careful scrutiny.
Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 33
Joseph Parent and Joseph Bafumi reply to the Fall 2007 International Security article, "Dead Center: The Demise of Liberal Internationalism in the United States," by Charles Kupchan and Peter Trubowitz.
Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 32
According to the prevailing wisdom, the largely unilateralist foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration is an aberration from the liberal internationalist foreign policy pursued by previous administrations. In reality, it represents a turning point in U.S. grand strategy. The geopolitical and domestic conditions that prevailed during much of the second half of the twentieth century produced bipartisan consensus on important foreign policy issues. These conditions have disappeared, as has the political center. As long as the United States remains polarized, no administration will be able to pursue a liberal internationalist foreign policy.
"After Pax Americana: Benign Power, Regional Integration, and the Sources of a Stable Multipolarity"
Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 23
The author constructs a U.S. grand strategy based on encouraging the development of benign regional unipolarity in North America, Europe, and Asia to counter the fragmentation and rivalry likely to result as a consequence of America’s waning preponderance.