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Madison Sargeant (MARS-REERS ’22) Wins REEESNe’s 2021-22 Pascual Essay Prize
July 28, 2022

Warmest congratulations to Madison Sergeant (MARS-REERS ’22) who won this year’s Pascual Essay Prize from the Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Northeast (REEESNe) network. Her essay “Historical Mythmaking and Defense: Katyn, Smolensk, and Polish Defense Policy in the 2010s” develops a novel “open wound” theoretical framework in order to relate Polish defense spending and rhetoric back, not to the frequently cited 2008 Russo-Georgian War, but to a narrative arc bridging the 1940 Katyn massacre to the 2010 Smolensk plane crash.