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Charles King

Global Europe Program

Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Arts and Literature
Urban Studies
Russia and Eurasia
Central Asia
Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University, and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
Wilson Center Project(s):
"From the Yildiz Palace: Turkey and the Transformation of the Near East"
Sep 05, 2012
May 24, 2013


Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University, where he previously served as Chairman of the Faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. King is the author or editor of six books, including Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (Norton, 2011), The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (Oxford, 2008), and The Black Sea: A History (Oxford, 2004).

His work has appeared in scholarly and policy-oriented journals such as Foreign Affairs, World Politics, and International Security, and he is a regular contributor of essays and reviews to the Times Literary Supplement. A frequent commentator on European and Eurasian affairs, King’s opinion pieces have appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and he has worked with broadcast media ranging from NPR to MTV. Before coming to Georgetown, he worked as a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and as a junior research fellow at New College, Oxford. A native of the Ozark hill country, King was educated at the University of Arkansas and Oxford University (St. Antony’sCollege), where he was a British Marshall Scholar.


Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Research Scholar. Assistant Professor, Georgetown University: "Changing Russian and U.S. Perspectives on War Termination." April 1996. Project Summary: A study of the reassessment of the dynamics of war termination when third parties intervene in hostile environments war termination and operations other than war.

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