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Triangle Institute for Security Studies, Duke University
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transatlantic relations, Cold War, NATO, nuclear politics, nuclear weapons, anti-nuclear activism, US foreign relations, Canadian foreign relations, modern Europe, international security
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About Me

Susan Colbourn is associate director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), based at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

She is a diplomatic and international historian, interested in questions of alliance politics, strategy, and security in the atomic age. Her first book, Euromissiles: A Transatlantic History (forthcoming, Cornell University Press, 2022), explores the rise and fall of an arms race in Europe to show how it nearly destroyed the Atlantic Alliance – and why NATO narrowly escaped such a fate.


Recent Publications

The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age, edited with Timothy Andrews Sayle, UBC Press, 2020.

“NATO as a Political Alliance: Continuities and Legacies in the Enlargement Debates of the 1990s,” International Politics 57, no. 3 (2020): 491-508.

“An Interpreter or Two: Defusing NATO’s Siberian Pipeline Dispute, 1981–1982,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 18, no. 2 (2020): 131-51.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Military, Politics