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Stephan Kieninger

Global Fellow

Professional affiliation

Independent Historian

Stephan Kieninger is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a historian of transatlantic relations since the Cold War.


  • Cold War
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Energy
  • History
  • Security and Defense
  • U.S. Politics
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Russia and Eurasia

Wilson Center Projects

Strobe Talbott. Bill Clinton’s Russia Man

Full Biography

Stephan Kieninger is a historian and an independent researcher. His most recent book, which he researched during a previous fellowship at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, is The Diplomacy of Detente. Cooperative Security Policies from Helmut Schmidt to George Shultz (Routledge, 2018).

He holds a PhD in Modern History from Mannheim University and had previously been a postdoc at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a Senior Researcher at the Federal German Archives.

He is also the author of Dynamic Detente. The United States and Europe 1964–1975 (Rowman & Littlefield 2016) and has received fellowships from the German Historical Institute, the Hoover Institution and the German Academic Exchange Service.

His research at the Wilson Center takes Strobe Talbott's NATO-Russia diplomacy as a prism for the Clinton Administration's statecraft based on newly available archival sources from the U.S., Great Britain, France, Germany and NATO.

Major Publications

  • Dynamic Detente. The United States and Europe, 1964-1975 (Lanham: Rowmand & Littlefield, 2016)
  • The Diplomacy of Detente. Cooperative Security Polcies from Helmut Schmidt to George Shultz (London: Routledge, 2018)
  • Opening NATO and Engaging Russia. NATO’s Two Tracks and the Establishment of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, Daniel S. Hamilton and Kristina Spohr (Eds), Open Door: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security After the Cold War (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2019)

Previous Terms

Fellow, September 7, 2021 — August 26, 2022