Rogue States: The Making of America’s Global War on Terror, 1980–1994

Fall 2019 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Matthew Frakes (History)

My dissertation project examines the emergence of the new global order that replaced the Cold War world. It investigates the debates over what role the United States and its European allies should play in shaping that order and defending it against the growing and related threats of rogue states, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. These critical challenges that would come to dominate the post–Cold War world were emerging underneath the headline-grabbing transformations in U.S.–Soviet relations in the final decade of the Cold War. Strategies to address these new threats would come to replace anticommunism and containment of Soviet power as the defining framework for American foreign relations.