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Bradley L. Coleman
John A. Adams Center
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Virginia Military Institute
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Annual Cold War Essay Contest


The John A. Adams Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute is pleased to announce a special edition of its annual Cold War essay contest. This year's competition is focused on topics related to the Ronald Reagan presidency. 

Essay Contest Winner Announced! 

First prize

$3,000 award, a plaque, and is invited to present at the "Enduring Legacy" Conference

"Reagan's Strategies and Policies: Of Ideology, Pragmatism, Loyalties, and Management Style"
Alan P. Dobson, St. Andrews University

Second prize

$500 award and a plaque

"Reagan's Cold War in the Middle East: Israel, the Palestinians and the Limits of Lebanon, 1981-1984"
Seth Anziska, Columbia University

Third prize

$250 award and a plaque

"The Trident Sales Agreement and Cold War Diplomacy"
Anthony Eames, Georgetown University

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

""Serve Notice to the Soviets:" Caspar Weinberger, the Defense Budget, and the Transition to the Reagan Administration"
Ryan P. Carpenter, The Catholic University of America


"Three Megatons of 'Peace': The Revolutionary MX Missile and the Meaning of Survival in the Atomic Age"
Henry Maar, University of California, Santa-Barbara

The Adams Center will bring the winner to Lexington, Va., to participate in the forthcoming conference on leadership and national security affairs during the Reagan era. The event will be held at the Virginia Military Institute, 2-4 November 2014. It will feature a keynote address by former NATO commander Admiral James G. Stavridis and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock Jr. It will also include a series of scholarly panels on topics related to policy, strategy, and leadership during the 1980s. For more information on the event, which is open to the public, see the Conference Website.

For information about the contest, or if you have questions, please contact:

Bradley L. Coleman, Director, Adams Center 

Deneise Shafer, Administrative Assistant, VMI History Dept. 

Past Essay Contest Award Winners


The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis sponsors an annual scholarly essay contest, with topics focusing on the U. S. military in the Cold War years (1946-1991).

Contest Winners by Year
2004-05,   2005-06,   2006-07,   2007-08,   2008-09,   2009-2010,  2010-2011  

Full-Text Papers (Alphabetical by author)