Odd Arne Westad

Professor of International History, Director of LSE IDEAS

London School of Economics

Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an expert on the history of the Cold War era and on contemporary international affairs.  He co-directs LSE IDEAS, a center for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy, is an editor of the journal Cold War History, and a general editor of the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War.  Professor Westad lectures widely on China's foreign affairs, on Western interventions in Africa and Asia, and on foreign policy strategy.

Professor Westad's most recent book, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times (2005), received the  Bancroft Prize, the Michael Harrington Award, and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award.  It has been translated into fourteen languages.  He is now working on a history of Chinese foreign affairs since 1750.