Post-Soviet States

People, Power, and Assets

About the Program

Documenting a pivotal moment in world history

The transition of the Soviet Union into an array of successor states was a pivotal moment in world history. Some aspects of that story are well known, while others are less familiar.  The latter is particularly true, unfortunately, with respect to the complicated commercial, energy, and financial agreements and transactions that unfolded at that time. In an effort to improve understanding of these matters, and to create new opportunities for scholars of that era, the Strauss Center is undertaking an oral history and document collection project intended to memorialize and make accessible key insights and primary materials. The Post-Soviet States project is led by the Strauss Center’s Rebecca Johnston.

Strauss Events

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

October 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm | Zoom

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, the Strauss Center and the Clements Center for National Security will host Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, for a virtual book talk on his upcoming…

MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang

October 8, 2020 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM (CT) | Facebook Live

On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Strauss Center and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT Austin will host a virtual talk by Steven Dudley, director of InSight Crime, on…