About the Johnson Center

The Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy was established in 2011, shortly after Dr. Henry A. Kissinger donated his papers to Yale University. The Kissinger Archives at Yale University consist of approximately one million documents and objects covering Dr. Kissinger’s extraordinary life as a diplomat, scholar, teacher, and private citizen. Read more about the collection.

The Kissinger papers at Yale serve as a foundation for the Johnson Center. As a program of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, in collaboration with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, the Johnson Center encourages research and teaching on United States foreign policy by drawing on the Kissinger papers as well as other important Yale library collections in this field.

The founding of the Johnson Center was made possible by Dr. Henry Kissinger’s donation of his papers to Yale and a generous gift from Charles B. Johnson ’54 and Nicholas F. Brady ’52.

The Johnson Center brings prominent statesmen to campus as Kissinger Senior Fellows and hosts Kissinger Visiting Scholars who are researching and writing about the history of American diplomacy.

The Center hosts an annual conference and other events that convene practitioners and scholars from around the world to discuss contemporary issues in international affairs.


About the Director

Edward Wittenstein

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein is director of International Relations & Leadership Programs for Yale’s Office of International Affairs, where he works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world.  A lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, he also serves as executive director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy and as executive director of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

Wittenstein is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School who previously worked as Special Assistant to former Yale President Richard Levin and as Director of Special Projects for Vice President Linda Lorimer. Before returning to work for Yale, Wittenstein held a variety of national security positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.