Dennis L. Bark

Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Awards and Honors:
Knight's Cross of the Legion of Merit Republic of Germany
Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur Republic of France

Dennis Bark is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author or editor of nine books, including Reflections on Europe (1997), an edited volume to which he contributed the essay “The American-European Relationship: Reflections on Half a Century, 1947–1997.” His most recent work is Europeans and Americans Dancing in the Dark (2007).

In March 1997, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit, First Class, by the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his contributions to German-American relations. In October 2001, he received the Knight’s Cross of the National Legion of Honor of the Republic of France. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Earhart Foundation.

Bark received his PhD in modern European history and political science, summa cum laude, from the Free University of Berlin.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Recent Commentary

Nicolas and Lascelle Meserve de Basily

A Room Alive with Memories

by Dennis L. Bark, Linda Bernardvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Every painting and object in the Nicolas de Basily Room tells a story. Together their story is a search for lost time. By Dennis L. Bark and Linda Bernard.

Europeans and Americans Dancing in the Dark Cover

Americans and Europeans Dancing in the Dark: On Our Differences and Affinities, Our Interests, and Our Habits of Life

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Institution Press
Saturday, August 25, 2007

The once rock-solid relationship between Europeans and Americans—based on common interests, shared values, trust, affection, and respect—is fading away, to be replaced by criticism and dissension. Why is this happening? And why does it matter? In Americans and Europeans—Dancing in the Dark, Dennis Bark offers an in-depth examination of the deteriorating relationship between America and Europe: our differences and affinities, the reasons behind our conflicts, and the future of our alliance.

Chords of Memory

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

The uncertain nature of the European-American relationship in these distinctly uncertain times. By Dennis l. Bark.

The French Lesson

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dennis Bark introduces an essay by Olivier Dassault, “a remarkable Frenchman,” about France and the French, the value of freedom, and America and Europe.

A Death in Berlin

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

Hoover senior fellow Dennis L. Bark reflects on a gruesome encounter with communist brutality.

A Tale of Two Generations

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Despite almost half a century of peace, prosperity, and democracy—and despite the reunification of Germany itself—older Germans are gloomy about the nation's future. Younger Germans aren't. By Hoover fellow Dennis L. Bark.

We Won. Now What?

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

With the Cold War over and done, the Atlantic alliance has given birth to a new world of peace and prosperity. Yet the Europeans suddenly think ill of us, while we hardly think of them at all. Hoover fellow Dennis L. Bark presents a portrait of postpartum blues.


Reflections on Europe

via Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, September 30, 1997

These reflections on interrelated issues of concern to Europe and America by five distinguished authors from England, France, Germany, and the United States address complex questions in a post—cold war world.