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Professor Odd Arne Westad

School Professor of International History

Other Titles: Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS
Research Interests: Cold War; Modern East Asia
Room: TW1.9.01a
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7252

Odd 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-founded LSE IDEAS, a centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy, is an editor of the journal Cold War History, and a general editor of the 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.

His most recent book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, explores China’s foreign affairs since the mid-Qing dynasty.  In a review, Jonathan Spence called the book “thorough, fast-moving, and consistently clear.  It gives an excellent introduction to the vagaries of China’s foreign relations over the last 250 years.” The book won the Asia Society's book award for 2013.

The Cambridge History of the Cold War, a three volume history edited jointly with Melvyn P. Leffler, was published in the spring of 2010.  Seven years in the making, the Cambridge History has 75 chapters written by top scholars from 18 different countries. Cambridge University Press describes it as "a comprehensive, international history of the conflict that dominated world politics in the twentieth century… [which] signifies a transformation of the field from a national - primarily American - to a broader international approach."

Westad's 2005 book, The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times, received the Bancroft Prize, the Michael Harrington Award, and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award. It has been translated into fifteen languages.

Arne Westad was born in Norway in 1960. He studied history, philosophy and modern languages at the University of Oslo and received his PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Westad served for seven years as Director of Research at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University and New York University. In addition to his LSE duties, he is currently a visiting research professor at Hong Kong University. Professor Westad served as Head of the LSE’s International History Department from 2004 to 2007.

Professor Arne Westad will be teaching the following course in 2014/2015:

HY206: The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1991

Professor Westad also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Vladimir Dobrenko Institutions of Peace for the Cold War: The History of the Soviet Committee for the Defence of Peace and its Affiliated Institutions, 1949-1991
Anton Harder Sino-Indian Relations, 1947-1962
Jin Lim 'Children of the Dragon': Tan Kah Kee, the Overseas Chinese, and New China, 1949-1961
Corina Mavrodin Romania’s Foreign Policy and the Soviet Bloc, 1956-1969
Pete Millwood The Sino-American Bilateral Exchange Program and US Support for China’s Reform and Opening, 1969-1989 
Amal Tarhuni  Britain, the United States and the Radicalisation of Qaddafi's Libya 1969-1986 
Simon Toner Modernization and Nation-Building in South Vietnam, 1968-76

Professor Arne Westad has authored many books, articles, chapters and paper. This is a list of his recent books:


Professor Arne Westad was featured on the Times of Malta on Friday 27 June 2014, on occasion of a lecture he gave in Malta organised by the LSE in collaboration with St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education. Read full article here.
Read Professor Arne Westad’s opinion column for the Los Angeles Times published on 7 April 2014: "ASEAN's challenge: A swaggering China".