Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD)

Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy
918 Gladfelter Hall
Temple University
1115 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Prof. Dr. Richard H. Immerman


The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) fosters research and public programming on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a national and global context. The Center defines force and diplomacy broadly to encompass a wide array of scholarship, including economic, cultural, and social aspects of war and international relations. It promotes scholarship, sponsors programs, and awards fellowships and prizes that address the relationship of war to society, the impact of globalization on states and citizens, and changing conceptualizations of empire. CENFAD is housed within Temple University's History Department.

Cold War Interests: 

CENFAD's colloquium series features lectures exploring the Cold War from United States, international, regional, and transnational perspectives. Invited speakers from U.S. and foreign universities have situated the Cold War era within a more expansive historical trajectory. CENFAD supports Cold War scholarship that examines not only the military dimensions of the conflict, but also its social, cultural, ideological, and diplomatic implications and consequences. In addition CENFAD hosts symposia on international topics. CENFAD's graduate students publish a newsletter, Strategic Visions, which regularly feature brief essays and book reviews on Cold War history.