Program on Transatlantic Relations

The Program on Transatlantic Relations was created at the end of 2005 after an initiating donation by Pierre Keller, a former Fellow of the Center who is presently a member of the Center's Advisory Committee. Working in close cooperation with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Harvard Kennedy School, the program endeavors to strengthen research and teaching on transatlantic issues within the University, focusing on European and North American social, economic, political, security, and environmental issues that are of particular relevance to the transatlantic relationship.

Special events organized by the program include the Paul-Henri Spaak Lecture Series and the Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture on American Foreign Policy. The last Spaak Lectures were given by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (2008) and European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton (2010). The last Warren and Anita Manshel Lectures on American Foreign Policy were given by Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank (2013); Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor (2014); and William Wallace, member of the House of Lords (2015).

The program supports visiting scholars and public servants who have distinguished themselves in the field of transatlantic relations. In spring 2009, the first Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, Dominique Moïsi, senior adviser of the French Institute of International Relations, Paris, taught two courses in the Department of Government. Subsequent Pierre Keller Visiting Professors include:

  • Dr. Markus Jachtenfuchs (spring 2010), professor of European and global governance and director of the Master of Public Policy Program at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin;

  • Dr. Michael Landesmann (fall 2010), scientific director, Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies and professor of economics, Johannes Kepler University, Linz;

  • Dr. Jacques Mistral (spring 2012), professor of economics and head of economic studies at the French Institute of International Relations and a member of the Conseil d'Analyse Economique (Prime Minister’s office), Paris;

  • Dr. Henrik Enderlein (spring 2013), associate dean and professor of political economy, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin;

  • Dr. Michelle Cini (spring 2014), professor of European politics, Bristol University; and

  • Dr. Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (spring 2015), professor of political science, Wroclaw University.

Dr. Loukas Tsoukalis, professor of European integration, University of Athens and president of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), will be the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor during spring 2016.

The program facilitates research appointments for Europeans at the University (including Fritz Thyssen Fellows and Schumpeter Fellows); supports research on transatlantic issues by Harvard faculty and students; facilitates visits of European Union representatives; and sponsors the Weatherhead Center's Transatlantic Relations Seminar.

The program also supports the European Union Study Group, co-sponsored with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies in collaboration with experts from the greater Boston community, and the Weatherhead Center's annual June conference in Talloires, France. The program actively supports the German American Conference at Harvard, organized by students and now in its seventh year, as well as the European Conference at Harvard held since 2013 by students.

From 2005 to 2015, the program's director was Karl Kaiser, adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. A successor will be appointed in fall 2015. Ann Townes, program coordinator, supports the program. The program offices are located at 1737 Cambridge Street.

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Program head to be appointed fall 2015.

Karl Kaiser

Senior Associate, Program on Transatlantic Relations. Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

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