John L. Harper

John L. Harper, PhD

Kenneth H. Keller Professor
Professor of American Foreign Policy
American Foreign Policy

SAIS Europe Room 217


  • Italy
  • United States
  • Western Europe
  • American Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • French
  • Italian

Background and Education

Member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome; contributing editor of Survival; former German Marshall Fund Research Fellow; recipient of the Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies; PhD, European studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Publications: The Cold War (2011), Italian edition by Il Mulino (2013); American Machiavelli: Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy (2004); American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan and Dean G. Acheson (1994); America and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1945-48 (1986), Italian edition by Il Mulino (1984); author of articles and reviews for numerous periodicals, including Foreign Affairs, Survival, the Journal of Cold War Studies, H-Diplo, the American Historical Review, The National Interest, Christian Science Monitor, and Times Literary Supplement.

2015-03-31 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
Surveys the his...
Surveys the history of U.S. foreign policy since World War II, with special attention to analyses and interpretations of the determining factors of continuing significance in U.S. policy, including trends in the international and domestic environments. (Cross listed Core Courses/American Foreign Policy)
Spring 2018 
The purpose of ...
The purpose of the course is to provoke debate on the current choices facing US foreign policy. The course does not offer in-depth training in debating or public speaking, but does allow students to acquire practical skills and experience in those areas; in other words, to “learn by doing.” The course consists of formal, public, four-person (and possibly two-person) debates based on some of the topics listed below, and others suggested by the class. Students submit their preferences and are grouped together at the beginning of the semester. Each debate lasts one class session, plus a period of general discussion. Usually, nine debates are held per semester.
June 11, 2015 
John L. Harper,...

John L. Harper, Kenneth H. Keller Professor
Professor of American Foreign Policy, was cited in Il Foglio in an article entitled "I sei giorni che sconvolsero il Mondo (in Italian)."

January 10, 2014 
John L. Harper,...

John L. Harper, Kenneth H. Keller Professor
Professor of American Foreign Policy, published a new book which was reviewed by La Stampa in an article entitled "La Guerra fredda lunga pace costata cara (in Italian)."