Melvyn Leffler discusses Cold War Legacies and Contemporary Dilemmas as a part of American Foreign Policy: Leadership and Dialogue during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward R. Stettinius professor of American History at the University of Virginia where he is also co-chair of the Governing America in a Global Era program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. Dr. Leffler served as Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at UVA from 1997 - 2001.
His most recent book, For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, was published in September. It has been called "a masterful account of the Cold War by a distinguished historian in full stride" in a recent Foreign Affairs review.
The author of many books on foreign affairs, Dr. Leffler was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1993 for A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration and the Cold War. He is currently editing a three volume Cambridge History of the Cold War and beginning work on a book on George W. Bush and American foreign policy.
Dr. Leffler served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Carter administration, where he worked on arms control and contingency planning as a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 1993; a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2001 - 2002; and a Henry Kissinger Fellow at the Library of Congress from 2004 - 2005.