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, China and contemporary international affairs. He was named one of the LSDP Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2012.
He directs LSE IDEAS, a centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy, that has been ranked fourth in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program in 2012. Arne Westad is also an editor of the Cold War History journal.
Professor Westad won the Bancroft Prize for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. The book, which has been translated into fourteen languages, also won the Michael Harrington Award, and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award. Arne Westad is also the general editor of the three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War, as well as JM Roberts’ New Penguin History of the World (5th edition).
His most recent book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, was released in the US and UK in September 2012 and made two Top 100 lists for that year. It has since been translated into several languages.