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The US National Archives

Based near the University of Maryland, I approached researching at NARA II with much trepidation having heard accounts from others who had encountered problems during their visit. For my experience, I encountered few problems in what was my final archival research visit as a PhD student. My next archival visit, will be as a post […]

TSA Conference 2016

“It was a recipe for struggles” Cyrus Vance, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Decision Making Structure of the Carter Administration When the Carter administration entered office on January 20, 1977 there was growing speculation in the newspaper press that President Carter’s two key foreign policy advisors, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Advsior Zbigniew […]

The Benefits of Oral Histories

Over the past year during my various trips to the United States I’ve been fortunate enough to conduct seven oral histories with former members of the Carter administration. Oral history is a common form of research and I am luckier than some of my fellow PhD students in having the ability to do this. The experience […]

Roosevelt Study Center PhD Seminar

“They were at sword’s point from day one” Cyrus Vance, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Bureaucratic Wars of the Carter administration. When Jimmy Carter became president, he declared his intention to forge ahead with a new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union, stating: “we will move this year a step toward our […]

Welcome

Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Christopher Wallis and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Northumbria where I’m currently writing my thesis on the foreign policy of the Carter Administration, 1977-1981 working under the supervision of Prof. Sylvia Ellis and Dr. Michael Cullinane. My research focuses on the internal debates […]