Mariana Budjeryn receives 2024 Colby Award

June 24, 2024
Mariana Budjeryn

The Colby Award honours outstanding solo works on military history, intelligence, or international affairs.

CEU International Relations alumna Mariana Budjeryn is the first female author in the 25-year history of the Colby Award to be honoured for her book Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine.

Through extensive research, the book examines post-Soviet nuclear disarmament in Ukraine and the successful management of nuclear proliferation through the transfer of warheads and in particular the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.




Mariana Budjeryn is a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA). She is the author of a new book Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023). Formerly, she held appointments of a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MTA, and a visiting professor at Tufts University and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Mariana is a senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academies of Sciences. Her research and analytical contributions appeared in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Nonproliferation Review, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, War on the Rocks, and in the publications of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where she is a Global Fellow.