International Studies Faculty
What goes through the minds of leaders and decision-makers at critical moments in world history? We tend to think history is already written through news, but it can take 25 years or more for people to gain access to documents written by policy makers. Only then do the details begin to emerge. As a diplomatic historian, I often spend time researching in the national archives and presidential libraries. What makes my research so fascinating are those moments when I discover papers revealing new facts that force us to rethink history. The process is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but knowing what went through the minds of decision-makers in critical moments and reliving history through their writings is tremendously exciting.