Lanxin Named Kissinger Scholar at Library of Congress
of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Xiang Lanxin, professor
of international history and politics at the Institut universitaire
de hautes études internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, as the
new Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International
Relations at the Library of Congress, effective Sept. 2. Billington
made the appointment upon the recommendation of a six-person selection
committee consisting of members of the academic community and
high-ranking foreign policy experts.
Xiang is the third scholar to occupy the Kissinger chair since
the position was created in 2000 through the generosity of friends
of the former secretary of state to honor him and emphasize the
importance of foreign affairs. Aaron Friedberg, director of the
research program in international security and acting director
of the Center of International Studies at Princeton University,
was the first to hold the position. The 2002-2003 holder of the
chair was Klaus Larres, Jean Monnet Professor, European Foreign
and Security Policy at the School of Politics, Queen’s University
of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Kissinger chair program offers outstanding thinkers and practitioners
a unique opportunity to pursue advanced research in the largest
and most international collection of library materials in the
world. As occupant of the Kissinger chair, Xiang will spend 10
months at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.
He has chosen “The Idea of Democracy and Sino-U.S. Relations”
as his area of research. Xiang earned his doctorate from the Paul
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins
University in 1990. He is the author of numerous articles and
books on both 20th-century and contemporary Chinese history and
on Chinese domestic and international affairs in the Cold War
and post-Cold War periods. He is a noted authority on the changing
relationship between China and the West. Xiang’s most recent book,
The Origins of the Boxer War, was published by Curzon Press
in 2002. Other published works include Mao’s Generals (University
Press of America, 1998) and Recasting the Imperial Far East
(M.E. Sharpe, 1995).
Through a generous endowment from its namesake, the Library of
Congress established the John W. Kluge Center in 2000 to bring
together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate, energize, and
distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact
with policymakers in Washington, D.C. The Kluge Center houses
five senior Kluge Chairs (American Law and Governance, Countries
and Cultures of the North, Countries and Cultures of the South,
Technology and Society, and Modern Culture); other senior-level
chairs (Henry A. Kissinger Chair, Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in
American History and Ethics, and the Harissios Papamarkou Chair
in Education); and nearly 25 postdoctoral fellows.#
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