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

Who Controls the CIA? The Dangers of Outsourcing

November 1, 2007 | 5:00:00 | LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor

Author R.J. Hillhouse discussed the increasing role that private corporations are playing in the operations of the CIA and the related implications for the US government and national security. The vast amount of outsourcing of…

Russia, America, and the World: An Innovative Partnership

October 22, 2007 | 11:00:00 | Moscow

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin has formed a groundbreaking partnership with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a world-renowned university dedicated…