Yale Professor Paul Kennedy Is Made Commander of the British Empire

Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University, has been made a Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University, has been made a Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Kennedy’s lifetime achievement of “services to contemporary history” was cited in the announcement of the award, which was part of the Queen’s birthday honors list on June 17.

Considered one of the leading scholars of modern history, Kennedy is a respected authority on such current issues as globalization, the population explosion and the Information Technology revolution. He has authored more than 13 books- among them the 1988 best-seller “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” and last year’s “Preparing for the 21st Century.” He has edited several anthologies, ranging in subject matter from contemporary U.S. foreign policy to pre-World War I nationalist movements in Europe. His countless articles, reviews and editorials appear frequently in the New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and other major publications.

The recipient of many honorary degrees, Kennedy, who has been a professor at Yale since 1983, is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the American Association of Arts and Sciences, to name a few eminent organizations to which he was elected. He lists his contribution to a 50th anniversary report for the UN outlining possible improvements to the organization among his many achievements.

Kennedy has recently co-edited two collections of papers relating to contemporary strategic issues, “The Pivotal States: A New Framework for U.S. Policy in the Developing World” and “From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the Twentieth Century.” He is currently at work on two books: one on the evolution of ideas about the UN and the other about international affairs in the 20th century.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, was created by King George V in 1917. Kennedy’s order, that of Commander or CBE, is the third rank of five.

Kennedy was among 113 honored with a CBE this year, 103 on the “domestic” list (British citizens residing in the UK) and ten on the “overseas” list. As a permanent U.S. resident, Kennedy is on the latter.

He will formally receive his honor at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace later this year.

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