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Strobe Talbott. Bill Clinton’s Russia Man
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.
- 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)
Fellow, September 7, 2021 — August 26, 2022