by Drew McKevitt

While CENFAD has often been well represented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), this year marks a new turn in the Center’s relationship to one of the history profession’s largest subdisciplinary organizations. Professor Richard Immerman, CENFAD’s Director, is currently serving as SHAFR President in 2007. On the conference’s final day, Saturday, June 23, Immerman will deliver his presidential address titled, “Intelligence and Strategy: Historicizing Psychology, Policy, and Politics.” For those unable to attend the conference, the presidential address is traditionally published in the first volume of Diplomatic History in January of the following year (2008).

CENFAD faculty will also make an appearance at the conference. Professor William Hitchcock will serve as commentator for a panel titled, “NATO and the Gaullist Challenge.” Professor Petra Goedde will chair and comment on a panel titled, “War, Migration, and Citizenship.”

Finally, CENFAD graduate students will showcase their research. Ph.D. Candidate Philip Gibbon will present findings from his dissertation in “Robert Bowie: Analyst and Academic” during a roundtable discussion on the role of individuals in history. In his paper, “Putting the Past Behind Us: Détente, Disarmament and Environmental Warfare in Vietnam,” Ph.D. Candidate David Zierler will draw on his dissertation to contribute a panel on the Vietnam War and the environment. Lastly, Ph.D. Candidate Andrew McKevitt will contribute to a panel on culture in the Reagan era with his paper, “Lost in Translation? Anime as Global Culture in Reagan’s America, 1977-1989.”

The SHAFR Conference will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., on June 21-23, 2007.