Stephen Szabo

Stephen Szabo

Adjunct Lecturer
European and Eurasian Studies


  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • Cold War
  • Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law
  • Foreign Policy
  • NATO
  • Security and Defense Issues
  • Transatlantic Security
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy

Background and Education

Dr. Stephen F. Szabo is currently a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and an Adjunct Lecturer in European Studies at SAIS. He served as the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy, a Washington D.C. based forum for research and dialogue between scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to joining the German Marshall Fund in 2007, Dr. Szabo was Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and taught European Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He served as Professor of National Security Affairs at the National War College, National Defense University (1982-1990). He received his PhD in Political Science from Georgetown University and has been a fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the American Academy in Berlin,  as well as serving as Research Director at AICGS.  In addition to SAIS, he has taught at the Hertie School of Governance, Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Virginia. He has published widely on European and German politics and foreign policies, including The Successor Generation: International Perspectives of Postwar Europeans, The Diplomacy of German Unification, Parting Ways: The Crisis in the German-American Relationship, and Germany, Russia and the Rise of Geo-Economics.

2017-07-26 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
In the wake of ...
In the wake of the strategic shocks of the Ukraine crisis, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, Germany has found itself as the de facto leader of Europe and the central European player in the transatlantic relationship. This course will examine the sources of German leadership, its limitations and strengths, the foreign policy process and its policies in a number of key areas including managing the Eurozone and trade policy, and relations with France, Poland, Russia, Turkey, China and the United States.
Students will combine reading, case studies, lectures and class discussions and will write a policy oriented paper on one of Germany's key bilateral relationships.