Stephen Kalberg | Sandor Ellix Katz | Ira Katznelson | Sylvie Kauffmann | Michael Kaufman | Necla Kelek | Padraic Kenney | Andrew Kimbrell | Suhat Kiniklioglu | Stephen Kinzer | Jytte Klausen | Roland Koch | Jürgen Kocka | János Kovács | Jane Kramer | Christiaan Mark Johan Kröner | Andy Kuchins | Satish Kumar | Charlie Kupchan | Aleksander Kwasniewski
Stephen Kalberg is Associate Professor of Sociology and affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. He teaches sociological theory and comparative political cultures. He recently completed an edited selection of Max Weber s writings on modernity, Max Weber (2004). Other recent publications include a translation of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002) and the article, “The Past and Present Influence of World Views,” in Journal of Classical Sociology (2004). Kalberg has also published widely on German and American societies, including, “The Influence of Political Culture upon Cross-Cultural Misperceptions,” in German Politics and Society (2003). Ongoing work includes an investigation of the cultural foundations of citizenship and a work on Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations. (2005)
Sandor Ellix Katz
Sandor Ellix Katz (Sandorkraut) is a fermentation revivalist. He is author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods (2003) and This Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved (2006). Katz is an herbalist and an activist and a writer and a builder and a craftsperson and a bicyclist among many other things. Ten years ago he moved from New York to Short Mountain Sanctuary, a queer intentional community deep in the wooded hills of Tennessee. (2009)
Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University. His work has straddled comparative politics and political theory, as well a political and social history. His most recent books are When Affirmative Action Was White (2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003).
Michael Kaufman spent close to forty years at The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent, columnist, and editor. He has won the George Polk Award for foreign reporting and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, a biography of financier George Soros. (2006)
Necla Kelek was born in Istanbul but is living and working in Germany. She writes about ethnic and religious minorities, parallel societies and integration into so-called “multi-cultural societies.” She is the author of Die fremde Braut, 2005 (The Foreign Bride), which tells of the tradition of forced marriages which is on the increase among Turkish immigrants in Germany. (2005)
Andrew Kimbrell is Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety. He is one of the country’s leading environmental attorneys, and an author of several articles and books on environment, technology and society, and food issues. His books include 101 Ways to Help Save the Earth (1990), The Human Body Shop, The Engineering and Marketing of Life (1993), The Masculine Mystique (1995), Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food (2006) and general editor of Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture (2002) and the Fatal Harvest Reader (2002). His articles on law, technology, social and psychological issues have also appeared in numerous law reviews, technology journals, popular magazines and newspapers across the country. (2008)
Stephen Kinzer served as New York Times correspondent in Turkey and Germany. He is the author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror ( 2003) and Crescent & Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds (2001). (2005)
Jytte Klausen has a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research (1992), and advanced and undergraduate degrees from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1986 and 1977). She is currently working on a research project on Euro-Muslims: Civic Participation and Religion.
Professor Klausen is the author of War and Welfare: Europe and the United States, 1945 to the Present (1998, second ed., 2001); and co-editor of Has Liberalism Failed Women? Assuring Equal Representation in Europe and the United States (with C. S. Maier, 2001). She is co-chair of the Gender, Society, and Politics Study Group at the Center for European Studies. (2005)
Roland Koch has served as Minister President of the State of Hessen since 1999. A lawyer, specializing in economic and competition issues, he has held various positions at the state and federal level within the CDU (German Christian Democratic Party). Mr. Koch was CDU Town Counselor for his hometown of Eschborn, CDU Chairman for the Main-Taunus district, Deputy National Chairman of the Junge Union (Youth Organization of the CDU) and a member of the state legislature of Hessen. From 1991, he was vice-chairman, and from 1993 until his inauguration, chairman of the CDU state parliament party. From April to November 1999, he was President of the Federal Council (Bundesrat). (2005)
János Mátyás Kovács (b. 1950, Budapest) graduated at the Karl Marx University of Economics, Budapest (Faculty of Economic Theory, 1973). He defended his doctoral dissertation on “The Market Economy of the NEP” at the same university in 1975. In 1973, he became a research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Since 1984, he has taught history of economic thought and political economy of communism and the post-communist transformation at Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest and Karl Marx University of Economics (later: Budapest University of Economics). In 1987, Kovacs moved to Vienna, and has worked as a Permanent Fellow at the IWM since 1991. He serves as an editor of Transit (Vienna) and 2000 (Budapest).
His fields of research include the history of economic and political thought in Eastern Europe, history of communist economies and polities, comparative economic systems, political economy of post-communist transformation, history of welfare doctrines in the region, concepts of European integration, economic cultures and symbolic geographies in Eastern Europe. (2007)
Jane Kramer has written The New Yorker’s “Letter from Europe” for more than twenty years. She is the author of eight previous books, among them The Last Cowboy, Europeans, and The Politics of Memory, and has been the recipient of many awards, including a National Book Award. With Europeans she became the first woman, and the first American, to win the Prix Européen de l’Essai “Charles Veillon,” Europe’s most prestigious award for nonfiction. She divides her time between Europe and New York. (2006)
Christiaan Mark Johan Kröner
Christiaan Mark Johan Kröner was appointed Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States in August, 2006. Ambassador Kröner previously served as the Dutch ambassador to France (2001-06), Italy (1997-2001) and Israel (1993-97). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973 and has held several positions throughout his diplomatic career. He was appointed ambassador-at-large and deputy director-general of public affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague; consul-general in Munich; and deputy head of the Directorate Atlantic Cooperation and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served postings in Vienna—for the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction (MBFR) talks—Accra, New Delhi and Belgrade.
Andy Kuchins is the Director of the Russian & Eurasian Program and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Kuchins conducts research and writes widely on Russian foreign and security policy and is working on a book entitled China and Russia: Strategic Partners, Allies or Competitors? He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. (2006)
Satish Kumar has been a Jain monk, a nuclear disarmament advocate and is a strong supporter of peace. He is the editor and publisher of Resurgence, a magazine that publishes “articles on the cutting edge of current thinking, promoting creativity, ecology, spirituality and frugality.” Kumar is also the Director of Programme for Schumacher College, an international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values. He has written several books including his autobiography, No Destination, You Are, Therefore I Am-A Declaration of Dependence, and The Buddha and the Terrorist. (2008)
John Vidal meets Satish Kumar | The Guardian
Dr. Kupchan is a Professor of international relations in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Fellow and Director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Kupchan was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Prior to government service, he was an Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.
He is the author of The End of the American Era (2002), Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order (2001), Civic Engagement in the Atlantic Community (1999), Atlantic Security: Contending Visions (1998), Nationalism and Nationalities in the New Europe (l995), The Vulnerability of Empire (1994), The Persian Gulf and the West (1987), and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs. (2007)
Aleksander Kwasniewski is the former President of the Republic of Poland (1995 – 2005). He participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations in Poland that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland and the whole Central and Eastern Europe from communism to democracy. He was a co-founding member and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland. He won the presidential elections for the first time in 1995, starting against Lech Walesa. He was co-author of the new democratic Constitution of Poland, which he signed into law on July 16th, 1997.
Aleksander Kwasniewski was a great advocate of Poland’s membership in both NATO and the European Union, and it was under his leadership that Poland finally joined NATO in 1999. Kwa?niewski campaigned for approval of the European Union accession treaty in 2003, and saw Poland become a member on May 1, 2004.
Aleksander Kwasniewski was author of numerous local and regional initiatives, decisively joined the global war on terror and backed the decision to send Polish troops to the war against Saddam Hussein. A long- standing supporter of Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty, he inspired the international mediation efforts during the 2004 Orange Revolution, helping the young democracy in Ukraine to prevail. During his Presidency, he couragesly confronted the past, significantly contributing to the reconciliation between Poles and the German, Jewish and Ukrainian people.
On March 7, 2006, Kwasniewski was appointed Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University, where, as a visiting faculty member, he teaches students in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service about contemporary European politics, the trans-Atlantic relationship and democratization in Central and Eastern Europe. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, member of the Bilderberg Group, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Amicus Europae Foundation in Warsaw and International Center for Political Studies in Kiev, Head of the International Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, Head of the Board of Yalta European Strategy. (2008)