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Bradley L. Coleman
Director
John A. Adams Center
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Virginia Military Institute
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Lexington, VA  24450

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. 

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.

Call for Papers

Theme: Leadership and National Security Affairs during the Ronald Reagan Presidency

Due Date: August 31, 2014

Description: The John A. Adams ’71 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. The Adams Center will award prizes for the best unpublished papers on leadership and national security affairs during the Ronald Reagan presidency (1981-1989).  Any aspect of military/international history is eligible, including papers on executive leadership within the national security establishment; military planning and operations; and international security affairs.

The Adams Center will bring the winner of this year’s contest to Lexington, Va., 2-4 November 2014, to participate in the “Enduring Legacy” conference on leadership and national security affairs during the Reagan era. It will feature a keynote address by former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack F. Matlock, Jr. The contest winner, as a guest of the Adams Center, will join the conference program alongside other Cold War scholars and former Reagan administration officials. For more information on the event, see the conference website.

Prizes:

First prize receives a place on the conference program, $3,000, and a plaque

Second prize, $500 and a plaque

Third prize, $250 and a plaque

Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center (email) at the Virginia Military Institute by 31 August 2014.  Please make your submission as a Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late September 2014. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication. In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.

Click here to Submit Essays electronically to the Adams Center


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)