Russell A. Berman

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Biography: 

Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a co-chair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.

Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. He has served in numerous administrative positions at Stanford.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 2000 and 1987, respectively). Hoover Institution Press published his books Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture (2007), Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics, and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has also published numerous articles in the Hoover Digest, most recently "Spoken Like a World Citizen" (spring 2011). His writings have also appeared in Defining Ideas and Advancing a Free Society.

Berman has received many honors and awards including a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University (1982–83), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1988–89), and the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997).

Berman received his BA in 1972 from Harvard and his doctorate from Washington University in 1979.

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The Great Retreat

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Monday, April 16, 2012

As the 2014 promised departure from Afghanistan draws nearer, popular support for the war is dwindling, and not only in the United States.

Achtung! It’s Syria!

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, March 2, 2012

In the high stakes drama over the future of the Euro, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Germany has emerged as the predominant power as a unified European economic policy begins to take shape. This was not always the case.

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Achtung! It's Syria!

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How will Germany lead the EU's future foreign policy?

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Achtung! It's Syria!

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How will Germany lead the EU's future foreign policy?...

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The Turkish Option

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 23, 2012

As much as the Syrian crisis represents a chapter in the history of the Arab spring, it is also a power struggle between two non-Arab adversaries, Turkey and Iran, competing for regional hegemony. Of these two, there is little question as to which is an enemy of the US and which has a history as an ally...

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The Turkish Option

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Thursday, February 23, 2012

The cruel violence that the Assad regime is directing against the Syrian population has elicited words of condemnation across the world. Fleeing the wrath of the Syrian military, refugees have poured over the borders into Jordan, Lebanon and, especially, Turkey.

With Friends Like These...

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

Europeans still seem eager—not just willing—to believe the worst about us. By Russell A. Berman.

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Why language study should be part of your college experience

by Russell A. Bermanvia Schools of Thought (CNN.com)
Thursday, January 5, 2012

One of the best choices you can make when planning your college years is the decision to learn a foreign language, whatever your major...

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Auf Weidersehen to European Unity

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In the aftermath of the Brussels summit, the continent is more divided than ever...

Auf Wedersehen to European Unity

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The conclusion of the Brussels summit seemed to bring the lingering crisis of the Euro and the European economies a big step closer toward a resolution.

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