The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

Marvin Wachman Director
Richard Immerman: U.S. Foreign Relations, Intelligence

Faculty Experts
Beth Bailey: Military and Society, Gender
David Farber: Protest Movements, U.S. and World
Petra Goedde: Cold War, Globalization, Gender
Peter Gran: Middle East, Political Economy
Rita Krueger: Central European Empires
Jay Lockenour: Germany, War and Society
Sophie Quinn-Judge: Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Harvey Neptune: Caribbean, Transnational
Arthur Schmidt, Latin America, Global Economy
Bryant Simon: Globalization, Culture
Benjamin Talton: Modern Africa, Imperialism and Resistance
Gregory Urwin: U.S. Military History
Vlad Zubok: Soviet Union, Cold War


About Us

The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD), founded in 1993 by Drs. Richard Immerman, Russell Weigley, and David Rosenberg, fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. CENFAD is housed within Temple University’s History Department.

The Marvin Wachman Director of CENFAD, Dr. Richard Immerman, reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University and to CENFAD’s Board of Advisors. CENFAD sponsors lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences on an ongoing basis (listed under News and Events); and various multi-year projects.

Each year, CENFAD gives several prizes to recognize and support undergraduate and graduate research in military, diplomatic, and international history. CENFAD reports its activities twice a year in its newsletter Strategic Visions Magazine.

CENFAD is the home of the Hertog Program in Grand Strategy. Click here to learn more, read the course syllabus, and read essays produced by the seminar.

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* Congratulations to Temple doctoral students David Lee and Carly Goodman who have each been awarded a Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation grant by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)! David was recently named a College of Liberal Arts Advanced Graduate Scholar by Temple's Center for the Humanities. Carly is the 2013-2014 Davis Fellow for CENFAD.

* Congratulations to Tim Sayle, a former Davis Fellow, who has been awarded a University Dissertation Completion Grant for this spring.

* Temple Ph.D. student Matt Fay has co-authored a paper on U.S. nuclear policy. Click here to read it.

* Congratulations to former Davis Fellow Tim Sayle, who recently published "Canada, NATO, and the Berlin Crisis, 1961-1962: 'Slow-boil' or 'pressure cooker'?" in the International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis. Click here to read it.

* Congratulations to Temple doctoral student Sarah Robey, who was awarded a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship to conduct research at the Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

* Congratulations to Fredrik Logevall, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, who has been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam. CENFAD was thrilled to welcome Professor Logevall to campus this spring for a Colloquium on the Vietnam War.

* Congratulations to Jean-Robert Lalancette of McGill University, whose paper "From Decrepit Empire to Third World Champion: France’s Incredible Transition, 1958-1963," won this year's Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy. To read Jean-Robert's paper, click here.

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Our Spring Colloquium Series features the following speakers.

February 6: Peter Maguire

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February 19: George White

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March 13: Naoko Wake

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April 17: Fumiaki Kubo & Qin Shan

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April 24: Melanie Arndt

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Click here to read the latest issue of Strategic Visions, the biannual newsletter of CENFAD.

Click here to check out descriptions and videos of past CENFAD events.