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Field & Specialties
U.S. Foreign Relations
American Presidents and War
Cold War and Post–Cold War Strategy
Matthew Frakes is a Ph.D. candidate in international history, advised by William Hitchcock. His work focuses on United States diplomatic and political history, with particular emphasis on the late Cold War and the emergence of the post–Cold War world. His dissertation, titled "Rogue States: The Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1980–1994," examines the debates over what role the United States and its European allies should play in shaping the post–Cold War international order and defending it against the growing and related threats of rogue states, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. As the certainties of the bipolar Cold War world gave way to a promising yet dangerous new era, the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, alongside allies such as Thatcher's Britain and Mitterrand's France, debated and shaped the international threats and strategies that would guide their approach to the world, from the 1990s to 9/11 and the present day.
Dissertation Project: "Rogue States: The Making of America's Global War on Terror, 1980–1994"