Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Charles Kupchan '76
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Charles Kupchan '76

Dr. Charles Kupchan '76, professor of international affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, has had an impressive and inspiring career.

From 2014 to 2017, Kupchan served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council in the Obama White House. He was also director for European affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration. Prior to that, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the policy planning staff and served as an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

"The breadth and depth of my education at St. Anne's-Belfield School laid a solid foundation for my career," he said. "I also think the values imparted to me by my family as well as the School helped push me to a career in education and public service."

After graduating from the School, Kupchan earned a B.A. from Harvard University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. He has served as a visiting scholar or fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, Columbia University's Institute for War and Peace Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Centre d'Etude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Transatlantic Academy. From 2006 - 2007, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Scholar at the Library of Congress.

Kupchan has published prolifically, and is the author of No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (2012), How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2010), The End of the America Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century (2002), Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (2001), Civic Engagement in the Atlantic Community (1999), Atlantic Security: Contending Visions (1998), Nationalism and Nationalities in the New Europe (1995),The Vulnerability of Empire (1994), The Persian Gulf and the West (1987), and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs. He is currently writing a book on American isolationism.

In April 2016, Kupchan returned to campus to accept the School's Distinguished Alumni Award, a visit that he described as leaving "a big impression on me. It was great to reconnect with classmates, see how the campus has grown, and meet many current students."

This return came 48 years after he moved to Virginia from Wisconsin, a transition that was made easier by his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Ward.

"She taught me how to write, including through diagramming," he noted. "Learning how to write well is so important, and she did a great job. Mrs. Malone's teaching of history also had a big impact. She triggered in me a growing interest in history, which ultimately influenced my decision to become a scholar and to rely heavily on history in my published work."

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