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John L. Harper

Senior Adjunct Professor of American Foreign Policy

  • +39 (051) 291-7811
  • Campus Location: SAIS Europe
  • Office Location: SAIS Europe


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.

Harper, J. L. (2011). The Cold War. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harper, J. L. (2004). American Machiavelli: Alexander Hamilton and the origins of U.S. Foreign Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harper, J. L. (1994). American visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean G. Acheson. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Harper, J. L. (1986). America and the reconstruction of Italy, 1945-1948. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.




  • Italy
  • United States
  • Western Europe


  • American Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations


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In the News

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