Research Guide for SHAFR 2014 Attendees

The University of Kentucky Libraries has created a research guide to aid SHAFR 2014 attendees. Foreign Relations: A Guide to Unique Holdings [link to:] details the primary source material in the UK Libraries that may be of interest, including the Scott/Greenslade Collection, which houses Russian-language journals, books, maps, and posters from the Soviet era, and the Nunn Center for Oral History, which focuses on Kentucky history, black history, the experience of Kentucky war veterans, the history of Appalachia, and much more. Please visit the research guide for more details, to contact a librarian, or to arrange a tour.

SHAFR reception at the OAH annual meeting in Atlanta (March 13, 2014)

At the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, SHAFR hosted a cash bar in honor of Fredrik Logevall celebrating the awarding of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History to Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.  The reception was from 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, April 11 in the Hilton Atlanta.  Former President Mark Bradley paid a brief tribute to Professor Logevall at 6:00 pm.  Professor Logevall signed complimentary copies of Embers of War during the reception.

LaFeber Receives 2013 AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction

SHAFR founding member and former president received the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction at the AHA Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, January 2.


SHAFR hosted the following events at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, in January 2014:

  • SHAFR Reception (cash bar)
    Friday, January 3, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
    Marriott Wardman Park, Wilson Room B
  • SHAFR Luncheon
    Saturday, January 4, 2014: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
    Marriott Wardman Park, Maryland Suite C

The luncheon will feature the 2014 Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture:

“Monsters Everywhere: A Genealogy of National Security”
Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

The luncheon will also include the awarding of the Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Grant, the W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship, the Lawrence Gelfand – Armin Rappaport – Walter LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship, the Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grants, the William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants, the Michael J. Hogan Foreign Language Fellowship, and the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize.)

Tickets ($40) are available via the AHA registration process.

  • AHA-SHAFR Co-Sponsored Session #249: “New Perspectives on American “Internationalism” and “Isolationism” from World War II to the Cold War”

Sunday, January 5, 2014: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Washington Hilton, Columbia Hall 11


Balloting in the 2013 SHAFR election concluded on October 31. Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the offices indicated:

  • President:  Fredrik Logevall
  • Vice President:  Tim Borstelmann
  • Members of Council: Bob Brigham, Alan McPherson, Penny Von Eschen
  • Member of Nominating Committee: Barbara Keys

Call for Proposals To Host the 2016 SHAFR Annual Conference

Every other year, SHAFR holds its annual meeting in a location other than the Washington, D.C. area. The SHAFR Council would like to hear from members interested in hosting the conference at their institutions in 2016.

The Council requires a brief statement of purpose from any interested party. Please submit a document of no more than two pages with the following information:

1. The location and its attractiveness as a tourist destination: size and diversity of attractions (in town and regionally}, dining and accommodations, transportation facilities, research venues in the area, etc.

2. The host institution: quality of the institution (departments, personnel, etc.), programs of interest to SHAFR, institutional support for a conference (accommodations, including variety of hotels, dorms, etc.), conference venue facilities, enthusiasm of administration, funding support, etc.

3. Leadership: explain who you are and who might help you host at your institution, including graduate students and staff.

All finalists will be asked to provide more details in each of these sections, including cost estimates. Please note that SHAFR is not looking for a fancy marketing scheme but simply an expression of interest and some basic information with explanation. Council will consider proposals for ANY location in the United States or another country.

Please send proposals by APRIL 1, 2014 to: Peter L. Hahn, Executive Director, at

National Archives at College Park- Weekly Consultation Hour with Specialist in Foreign Affairs Records

National Archives at College Park. As you plan your research visits to the National Archives, please note that a specialist in foreign affairs records is available for consultation on site in the Archives II Textual Research Room every Tuesday morning from 9AM to 10AM. Reference staff is available in the Research Room from 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday, except federal holidays. The FAQ at provides guidance for preparing for a research visit.

Conference- “Legacies of the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration,” Diplomatic History and Williams College

Diplomatic History, the flagship journal for the study of United States diplomatic relations, will host a workshop at Williams College to mark the centenary of the Great War. The conference is entitled “Legacies of the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration,” and the proceedings will be published in the September 2014 issue of the journal.

Scholars will focus on themes ranging from the war’s effect on international law, the ways in which Americans experienced the war both on the homefront and the battlefront, Woodrow Wilson and his legacy for global studies, the war’s legacy for international relations (for the United States and Germany in particular and for “extra-European” peoples in general), the place of religion in World War I’s legacy, and the ways in which the war affected U.S. immigration law and regulation and migration patterns to America.

This workshop, with panels held in a roundtable format, will take place on April 19, 2014, at Williams College, in Griffin Hall, Room 3. It is open to the public, including the scholars, students, and the community at large.

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“The Return of Realpolitik,” on 13 March, 27 March, and 10 April at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a three-part series on Anglo-American foreign policy in the past, present and future through the lens of realpolitik.

As realpolitik comes back into fashion in Washington, D.C., the term used by both scholars and practitioners remains much used but little understood.

The series, titled “The Return of Realpolitik: A Window into the Soul of Anglo-American Foreign Policy,” explores what realpolitik looks like in practice as well as theory. It asks: how relevant is realpolitik to the international challenges faced by the West in the twenty-first century?

Part 3 of the 3-part Series:

Real Realpolitik: A History”

A lecture by Dr. John Bew, Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at The John W. Kluge Center

Part 3 of a 3-part series on realpolitik in practice and in theory

The term realpolitik is back in fashion in Washington, D.C., used by both scholars and practitioners in discussions of international affairs.

Next Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m., Dr. John Bew discusses the origin and history of the term in his final lecture as Kissinger Chair at The Library of Congress.

Dr. Bew argues that real realpolitik is ripe for excavation and rediscovery as it undergoes a renaissance in the English-speaking world. Bew argues that the original concept of ‘realpolitik’ is still relevant to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Its use in the English language provides a window into the soul of Anglo-American political culture

The event in the beautiful Room LJ-119 of the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building (view directions). The event is free and open to the public. A free wine & cheese reception follows.

About the speaker:

John Bew currently holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. A reader in history and foreign policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London, his most recent book “Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War and Tyranny” was named one of the books of the year by the Wall Street Journal, Sunday Telegraph, BBC, and Total Politics magazine. As a scholar-in-residence at the Library of Congress, he is researching and writing the first-ever history of realpolitik in the English-speaking world, to be published by Oxford University Press.

About the series:

The three-part series, titled “The Return of Realpolitik: A Window into the Soul of Anglo-American Foreign Policy,” is hosted by Dr. John Bew and The John W. Kluge Center. The series examines what realpolitik means in theory and in practice, and ask how relevant realpolitik is to the international challenges faced by the West in the 21st century. Find information about the series at:

About the Kluge Center:

The John W. Kluge Center was established at the Library of Congress in 2000 to foster a mutually enriching relationship between the world of ideas and the world of action, between scholars and political leaders. The Center attracts outstanding scholarly figures to Washington, D.C., facilitates their access to the Library’s remarkable collections, and helps them engage in conversation with policymakers and the public. Find information about the Kluge Center at:

Events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed and no RSVP is required. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #realpolitik. We appreciate the forwarding of this invitation to others that may be interested.

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CFP- Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014

Flyer in PDF Format

Università di Trento, LSE IDEAS-Cold War Studies Programme, European University Institute, Università Roma Tre, Universität Wien, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM), Sciences Po, and the University of East Anglia are jointly convening the Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014.

The Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.

The School consists of workshops and panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, debates on historiographical and methodology, as well as practical sessions on publishing and academic careers. The school offers an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions can be shared and debated, be it in panel sessions, or over coffee and meals.

PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies. The call for papers closes 11 April 2014. For information on how to apply please visit the school website.

CFP- 2014 UCSB/GWU/LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

The Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara, the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP) are pleased to announce their 2014 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the University of California at Santa Barbara on April 10-12, 2014.

Deadline: 24 January 2014

Call for Papers in PDF Format

CFA- Dartmouth Post-doctoral Fellows Program in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security

The Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College invites applications for the 2014-15 (September -June) Dartmouth Fellows Program in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security. Applicants from all disciplines working on research that bears directly on U.S. foreign policy and international security are welcome to apply. While scholars at all stages of their careers will be considered, applications from recent recipients of the Ph.D or equivalent degree are especially welcomed.
Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2014
Call for Applications in PDF Format

Transatlantic Studies Association, 13th Annual Conference
University of Ghent, Belgium
7-10 July 2014

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 1 March 2014
Call for Proposals in PDF Format

Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University Postdoctoral Fellowship (Deadline: 1 December 2013)

The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University invites applications for its 2014-15 Postdoctoral fellowship. The successful candidate will couple their own research and publishing agenda with their contributions to the Center’s Collective Memory Project, a wide ranging oral history of the George W. Bush Presidency. Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, funds to support independent research, and are initially appointed for one year with expectation of renewal for a second year in residence.

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Individual research within the fellow’s own area of interest leading to publications in scholarly and/or public history venues.

• Contribute to Collective Memory Project of the George W. Bush Presidency;

Applicants from all fields and topics pertaining to the presidency and executive power are welcome, but are anticipated to derive from the disciplines of history, political science, economics, sociology, or communications. The Center assiduously defines “Presidential History” in the broadest terms possible.

Fellows must be in residence at SMU during the 2014-2015 academic year and must have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation before the appointment begins. Preference will be given to applicants for whom additional time and resources will culminate in the completion of a publishable book-length manuscript. Fellows seeking additional teaching experience may choose to offer courses in their field of experience.

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following: CV, letter of interest outlining applicants’ research agenda, chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference. All documents should be submitted through the website of SMU’s Department of Human Resources at

If the writers of the applicants’ recommendation letters prefer, they may email letters directly to the

Center for Presidential History at

Full review of applications will begin on December 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled.

Further information on both the fellowship and the Collective Memory Project may be found at

Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) Public Meeting

The Public Interest Declassification Board will host an open meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2013 to discuss its recommendations to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System. The meeting will focus more specifically on declassification prioritization. Press and media are welcome to attend.

When: November 21, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Doors Open: 9:15 a.m.

Where: The Archivist’s Reception Room, Room 105 in the National Archives Building

Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

(Note: Attendees must enter through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.)

Space is limited. You must confirm via Eventbrite in order to attend. Please note we require one form of Government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license) to gain admittance.

In anticipation of the public meeting, the Board will re-engage its followers through its blog, Transforming Classification, where it will post its ideas of some of the most important topics for prioritized declassification review and requests members of the public join in the conversation online. Be sure to stay connected to the Board’s activities and look for more information about the Board on its website:

Call for Nominations: William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations

Dear Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations,

The School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University are pleased to announce the second annual competition for the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations.

This $1,000 prize is awarded annually to the author or editor of a book published in Spanish, English or Portuguese during the preceding two years.

Nominations for the 2013 award will be accepted until December 20, 2013, and the prizewinner will be announced no later than April 1, 2014, following evaluation by a multidisciplinary committee comprised of scholars from American University and other institutions.

Nominations must include one copy of the book and a letter of no more than 750 words explaining its significance. Any published reviews and/or copies of evaluations by peer reviewers may be submitted as supporting materials. If your press has brought out a book fitting these criteria, we hope you will nominate it.

Nominations and accompanying materials should be sent to:

Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
American University
William M. LeoGrande Prize Committee
4545 42nd St. NW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20016

For any other information, please contact:

Luciano Melo
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

LeoGrande Prize Announcement 2013 (PDF Version)

 Call for Applications: Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

The George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is pleased to announce the 12th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). This prestigious four-day seminar will be held in Washington, D.C., from 19–22 May 2014. SICAR trains graduate students from multiple disciplines to maximize their research in archives and focuses on the following areas:

• preparing to go to an archive and structuring time once there;
• understanding how archival documents come to be written and deposited in archives;
• tackling the interpretive challenges posed by archival documents, including issues of
cultural differences and foreign languages.

Ph.D. students from the U.S. and abroad who work on international relations and modern history are encouraged to apply. The George Washington University will provide accommodation and meals during the week of the Institute and accepted students may apply for subsidized travel.

Applications should include the following items:

1. Application form available at
2. A two-page proposal indicating how the week-long Summer Institute would be beneficial to your dissertation research.
3. Curriculum vitae.
4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your department.

Applications should be sent to by 15 January 2014 with the subject line reading “SICAR application.” Recommendation letters may be e-mailed or sent by mail to:

Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
ATTN: SICAR Application
1957 E Street NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: 202-994-6340
Fax: 202-994-5436

Please direct questions to

Visit the website at

Call for Papers- 12th Presidential Conference: The George W. Bush Presidency 24-26 March 2015

12th Presidential Conference, The George W. Bush Presidency

March 24-26, 2015
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

For a scholarly assessment of the Presidency of George W. Bush, we invite submission of paper proposals on the topics listed below or topics closely related:

Arts and Culture
Campaign Finance
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Climate Change
Compassionate Conservatism
Congressional Relations
Counter-Terrorism Policies
Defense Budget
Domestic Policy
Economic Policy
Elections (2000, 2004)
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
European Union
Faith-Based Initiatives
Family and Politics
Financial Crisis
First Lady
Foreign Aid
Foreign Policy
Gay marriage
Guantanamo Bay
Homeland Security
Housing/Subprime Crisis
Hurricane Katrina
International Trade
Interrogation Policies
Judicial appointments
Latin America and the Caribbean
Media and the Presidency
Middle East
Military Policy
National Security Council
North America
North Korea
Speech writing
United Nations
Political Participation
Pop Culture/Humor
Post-Presidential Years
Public Opinion
Religion and Politics
Science and Technology
Stem cell research
Supreme Court Nominations
Surveillance programs
Tax Cuts
Vice Presidency
War on Terror
White House Staff

Papers will be selected for presentation at the conference as well as for potential publication based on the depth and originality of perspective on the subject. Previously published material will not be considered and should not be submitted.

A one-page abstract (500 words) and curriculum vitae should be submitted via e-mail to hofculctr{at} by January 8, 2014.
The Hofstra program committee will review paper proposals and announce accepted selections in Spring 2014. Papers will be due in January 2015, and will be posted online on the conference website for participants to review before the conference.

Papers should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages (approximately 6,000 words), excluding notes.

Conference participants will be expected to make their own travel, lodging, and meal arrangements for the conference. As the conference nears, Hofstra will identify local hotels that will provide discounted rooms for the conference.

For information on prior presidential conferences, please see

Conference Director
Meena Bose Director
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science

E-mail: meenekshi.bose{at}

The George W. Bush Conference will be coordinated by the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Phone: 516-463-5669
E-mail: hofculctr{at}

H-Decol launches

The National History Center is pleased to announce that a new H-Net list devoted to decolonization, H-Decol, has launched.  SHAFR members are encouraged to join and become active members.

For more information please visit

SHAFR Syllabi and Assignments Initiative

SHAFR maintains on its web site a collection of syllabi and student assignments for courses in international history. Now that a new academic year has begun, we hope you will send your syllabi and assignments to us for posting. We’re interested in syllabi for any course in international history, whether chronological (e.g. U.S. involvement in world affairs since 1914) or thematic (e.g., the international history of the Cold War; gender and U.S. foreign policy). We’d like syllabi for courses that are taught at either the undergraduate or graduate level, as well as those that are primarily lecture or those that are colloquia. In addition, we’d like to encourage you to submit assignments that you give your students, including essays or work involving online resources. The addition of course materials to this collection will make it an even more valuable resource for the sharing of ideas about course structure, readings, and learning assignments. Submission of course materials as Word (.doc or .docx) documents is preferable. Please email syllabi and course materials to Nicole Phelps:

You can find the SHAFR collection of Syllabi and Assignments here: