Pfaff William - USA

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Writer, International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, USA

William Pfaff has been a columnist for The International Herald Tribune in Paris since 1978. The Los Angeles Times Syndicate International syndicates his articles.

A new and enlarged edition of his 1989 book on European-American relations and the crisis in the Soviet system, Barbarian Sentiments: How The American Century Ends, has just been issued, with a new subtitle, “America in the New Century,” including an Afterword describing the American and international situations and prospects today [New York, Hill & Wang, November 2000]. Portions of that chapter appear in the January-February issue of Foreign Affairs National Interest. Barbarian Sentiments was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award in 1989; its French translation was given the City of Geneva’s Prix Jean-Jacques Rousseau as best political book published in the French language during 1989. It was also published in German and Portuguese.

His examination of nationalism’s origins and implications, The Wrath of Nations, Civilization and the Furies of Nationalism, was published in 1993 by Simon & Schuster in New York and London. It has also appeared in German and Spanish translations.

He is author or co-author of four other books on contemporary history or American foreign relations, including two influential 1960s critiques of U.S. foreign policy, The New Politics and Power and Impotence. The Politics of Hysteria, The Sources of 20th Century Conflict (1964) dealt with the impact of the modern West on the non-western civilization. (The latter three were collaborations with the late Edmund Stillman).

Between 1971 and 1992 his political essays, published as “Reflections,” appeared in The New Yorker magazine.

In the 1950s, Mr. Pfaff was an executive of the political warfare organization, The Free Europe Committee, parent-organization of Radio Free Europe. In 1961 he became one of the earliest members of the policy research group The Hudson Institute, and from 1971 to 1978 was Deputy Director of its European affiliate, Hudson Research Europe, Ltd., in Paris.

He is a director of the Social Science Research Council in New York and has lectured at many universities and at the Institut des Sciences-Politiques in Paris, the U.S. Naval War Colleges, the State Department Senior Seminar, and the NATO Defense College in Rome. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.