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Bradley L. Coleman
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John A. Adams Center
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Dissertation Prize

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will award a $3,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War military history. The award is intended to promote innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. The Adams Center invites proposal in all subject areas—including international security affairs, military strategy, leadership, and operations. All periods of Cold War history are welcome. The prize is made possible through the generous support John A. Adams and George J. Collins Jr.

To be considered, graduate students must submit a brief proposal (prospectus) describing their doctoral research, a project timeline, and curriculum vitae with list of references. Applications should be delivered, electronically, to the Adams Center at adamscenter@vmi.edu by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016. Direct questions to Adams Center director Bradley Lynn Coleman or program manager Alex Radsky.

Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2016

 

Submissions to: 

John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis

Department of History

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA 24450

adamscenter@vmi.edu

 

Questions to: 

Bradley Lynn Coleman, Ph.D.

Director, Adams Center for Military History

Department of History

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA 24450

colemanbl@vmi.edu

540-464-7447 

Alex Radsky

Program Manager, Adams Center for Military History

Department of History

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA 24450

radskyag@vmi.edu   

 

 

2015 Dissertation Grant

The Adams Center has recently come to a decision and is happy to announce that Kuan-jen Chen will receive the 2015 Dissertation Prize! Congratulations!

Scholar: Kuan-jen Chen

Title: U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945-1979

Institution: University of Cambridge, UK

Summary: This study explores the political structure and developments at sea in East Asia and the western Pacific during the Cold War between 1945 and 1979. After 1945, given the power vacuum in East Asia that followed the collapse of the Japanese empire, countries sought to establish the foundations of national sovereignty in an age of state-building and decolonization. The US, however, took advantage of this juncture to shape the geopolitical contours of the Cold War for America's own interests. This study will dissect how the United States planned and constructed a new maritime order after World War II, along with the responses of Asian countries, especially China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Kuan-jen Chen will conduct research in Britain, Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and in China for this dissertation. 

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Previous recipients of the prize include:

Nathaniel R. Weber, “U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Groups, 1945-1965,” Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. 

Brett M. Reilly, “International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the State of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, 1948-1975,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Fatih Tokatli, “Turkish-American Military Cooperation and Transformation of Turkish Military in the Cold War, 1947-1954,” Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.