Dissertation Prize

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute annually awards 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 proposals 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.

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.

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. 


Previous recipients:

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.