Indiana University recently appointed former Senator Richard G. Lugar as a distinguished scholar and professor of practice in the School of Global and International Studies. The six-term senator and two-time chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also co-chair the new IU International Advisory Committee with IU Press author and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, who will join Lugar in the School of Global and International Studies.
In a new biography, Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate, John T. Shaw examines Lugar’s approach to lawmaking and diplomacy for what it reveals about the workings of the Senate and changes in that institution. Drawing on access to the senator over several years, and interviews with Lugar and other leading figures in foreign policy, Shaw chronicles Lugar's historic work on nuclear proliferation, arms control, energy, and global food issues, highlighting the senator’s ability to influence American foreign policy in consequential ways.
The book presents Lugar’s career as an example of the role Congress can play in the shaping of foreign policy in an era of a strong executive branch. It demonstrates the importance of statesmanship in contemporary American political life while acknowledging the limitations of this approach to governance.
Like Lugar, Lee Hamilton is also a distinguished statesman who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. He is the author of two IU Press books: How Congress Works and Why You Should Care and Strengthening Congress. Both are essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of Congress, and how all citizens can participate in its unique mission.