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The Clements Center Presents U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
Clements Center Presents

The Clements Center Presents U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

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Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 | 4:00pm | Blanton Museum Auditorium

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be speaking at the University of Texas on Tuesday, April 15th at 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.

The National Security Agency at the Crossroads
Conference

The National Security Agency at the Crossroads

Co-sponsored by the Clements Center and Strauss Center
Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 | 8:30 am | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

The Intelligence Studies Project is a joint venture of the Strauss Center and Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, aiming to encourage policy-relevant academic inquiry into the past, present, and future of intelligence agencies and the legal, policy, and technological environments in which they operate.

The History Behind the Hustle: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab-American Political Activism, 1973-1981
An event with Professor Salim Yaqub

The History Behind the Hustle: Petrodollars, Abscam, and Arab-American Political Activism, 1973-1981

Co-sponsored by the Clements Center and Middle Eastern Studies
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 | 4:00 pm | History Department, First Floor

The sharp spike in the price of oil in the early 1970s provided petroleum-producing countries with enormous revenues--petrodollars--to invest in the global economy. By the second half of the decade, there was widespread fear in the United States that Arab governments, companies, and individuals were using their vast wealth the "buy up America." 

Realpolitik: Ancient to Modern with Arthur Eckstein
Strategic Insights From the Ancient World Speaker Series

Realpolitik: Ancient to Modern with Arthur Eckstein

Sponsored by the Clements Center, Department of History, and the Thomas Jefferson Center
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 | 12:15 pm | Eastwoods Room, Texas Union

It is clear that the foundations of Realist international systems theory, which we see in modern university political science departments (as well as in the State Department) can be found in the thinking of ancient intellectuals.  That is, ancients understood that states existed in an anarchy without international law, that this required them to engage consistently in power-maximizing behavior (power-maximizing was natural); and since all states were engaged in this power-maximizing activity, frictions and wars between them were naturally frequent. 

The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today
Clements Center Presents Tom Ricks

The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today

Sponsored by the Clements Center
Monday, Mar 03, 2014 | 12:15 pm | SRH 3.122

Thomas E. Ricks has made a close study of America’s military leaders for three decades, and in The Generals, he chronicles the widening gulf between performance and accountability among the top brass of the U.S. military. While history has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—it has been less kind to others, such as Koster, Franks, Sanchez, and Petraeus. Ricks sets out to explain why that is.

New World, Old Wisdom: Foreign Policy and the Classics with Bruce Thornton
Strategic Insights From the Ancient World Speaker Series

New World, Old Wisdom: Foreign Policy and the Classics with Bruce Thornton

Sponsored by the Clements Center, Department of History, and the Thomas Jefferson Center
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 | 12:15 pm | Eastwoods Room, Texas Union

Until around 1800, states viewed foreign policy much as Thucydides did: as assuming a constant human nature driven by fear, self-interest, or honor. As such, war was considered a constant of human life, and peace “just a name,” as Plato says. The modern world rejected this realism, believing that human nature is perfectible, that states could be motivated by a “harmony of interests” that could be codified in international laws and covenants.

National Security Challenges Ahead for the United States
Clements Center Presents Ambassador John Bolton

National Security Challenges Ahead for the United States

An event co-sponsored by the Clements Center, Alexander Hamilton Society, Barry Goldwater Society, and AEI on Campus
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 | 5:30 pm | Bass Lecture Hall

John R. Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. From August 2005 to December 2006, he served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. From 2001 to 2005, he was under secretary of state for arms control and international security.

Moral Man and Immoral Foreign Policy: The Ironies of International Politics
Clements Center Presents R. Albert Mohler

Moral Man and Immoral Foreign Policy: The Ironies of International Politics

Sponsored by the Clements Center
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 | 12:15 pm | Eastwoods Room, Texas Union

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. 

Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11
Clements Center Presents Michael Allen

Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11

An event co-sponsored by the Clements Center and Strauss Center
Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 | 12:15 pm | SRH 3.122
After the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Commission argued that the United States needed a powerful leader, a spymaster, to forge the scattered intelligence bureaucracies into a singular enterprise to vanquish America’s new enemies—stateless international terrorists. In the midst of the 2004 presidential election, Congress and the president remade the post–World War II national security infrastructure in less than five months, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
 
The Global Politics of Palestinian Liberation, 1967-1975 with Paul Chamberlin
International History Seminar Series

The Global Politics of Palestinian Liberation, 1967-1975 with Paul Chamberlin

An event co-sponsored by the Clements Center, Middle Eastern Studies, and the LBJ School
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 | 4:00 pm | GAR 4.100

Between 1967 and 1975 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) burst onto the world stage and transformed the contours of the Arab-Israeli dispute.

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