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John L. Harper

John L. Harper

Senior Adjunct Professor

Professor Emeritus


John L. Harper is Senior Adjunct Professor, SAIS Europe, and Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University. AB Haverford College, 1972; PhD, Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1981; Resident Professor of American Foreign Policy and European Studies at the Bologna Center/SAIS Europe, 1981-2020. Member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali; contributing editor, Survival; former German Marshall Fund Research Fellow; recipient of the Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (1995), and the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies (1987).

Spring 2015 



  • Italy
  • United States
  • Western Europe


  • American Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations


  • French
  • Italian

In the News

The elusive concert of powers.

John L. Harper wrote for Aspen Institute Italia, 04/29

Berlin Wall questions.

John Harper interviewed in Aspenia, 11/9

Johnson and Salvini: Two soaring stars lose big political bets.

John Harper quoted in Associated Press, 9/7

In today’s foreign policy, the only law is the law of the strongest.

John Harper interviewed in Fair Observer, 5/8