Robert Hutchings is a scholar-diplomat whose career has included service as director for European affairs with the National Security Council, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador, and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. He is currently the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, where he served as dean from 2010 to 2015.

Project Summary

This project aims at producing a substantial book on strategy and statecraft, synthesizing in a single volume of body of literature that is scattered and inaccessible, and adding to it deep research into specific historical episodes that illuminate diplomacy as it actually happens. It is part of a larger effort to "reinvent" diplomacy by making the study and practice of diplomacy more modern, more comprehensive, more global in scope, and better informed by history.

Major Publications

Co-editor, Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (Oxford 2015)

Editor, At the End of the American Century (Wilson Center Press, 1998)

Author, American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War (Wilson Center Press, 1997)


Previous Terms

May 01, 2006 — Aug 01, 2006 ; "The History of the Diplomacy of German Unification" May 01, 1993 — Feb 01, 1994 ; "End of the Cold War: American Diplomacy and Europe’s Revolutions of 1989-1991"