Established in 2001 in honor of George H. W. Bush with a gift from an anonymous donor

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, the forty-first president of the United States, is a statesman, diplomat, and lifelong public servant. A naval pilot who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Pacific during World War II, President Bush began his political career as a representative to Congress from Texas. He also held positions as Ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as vice president under Ronald Reagan, and in 1988 was elected to office as the President of the United States. His presidency was marked by a number of international developments, including the end of the Cold War, the overthrow of General Manuel Noriega in Panama, and Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait.


JAKUB GRYGIEL, the inaugural George H.W. Bush Professor of International Relations, joined the SAIS faculty in 2003. Dr. Grygiel is also an international affairs columnist for Giornale del Popolo in Switzerland and Il Mondo in Italy, and has written on the end of communism, the revival of Russian nationalism and other topics related to the history, economics and politics of Central and Eastern Europe. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and as editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Grygiel received his PhD in politics from Princeton University and is the author of Great Powers and Geopolitical Change and Imperial Allies.