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Bradley L. Coleman
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Dissertation Grant

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. 


2016 Dissertation Grant

The Adams Center is delighted to announce that University of Toronto doctoral candidate Susan Colbourn has received the 2016 Adams Center dissertation grant.

Susan Colbourn Scholar: Susan Colbourn

 Institution: University of Toronto

 Title: “Defining Détente: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983”

 Summary: This study explores the contested nature of détente and its various meanings for policy-makers, social activists, and Western publics. Drawing on recently declassified materials  from thirteen archives in Europe and North America, “Defining Détente” argues that competing allied visions of détente fueled repeated transatlantic crises in the late 1970s and early  1980s, but ultimately laid the foundations for Ronald Reagan’s relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War.


Previous recipients of the prize include: 

Kuan-jen Chen, “U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945-1979,” University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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.