Spring 2017 Newsletter

May 30, 2017

A look back at everything that happened at the Clements Center this semester.

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May 23, 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

As the 2016-2017 academic semester comes to an end and the Clements Center concludes its fourth year at The University of Texas at Austin, we celebrate the academic achievements of our students. Taking inspiration from the university's motto "what starts here changes the world," our students leave Austin prepared to apply historical insights to contemporary policy challenges. The Clements Center invests in the next generation of national security leaders--and we are proud to see our students preparing for careers in public service, receiving national awards for continued education, and taking key positions in the U.S. government.

As part of our mission to prepare students for careers in national security, we continued to convene senior policymakers and scholars for discussions on national security. Our hallmark event of the semester was the "Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland" Symposium, sponsored by the Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project and Business Executives for National Security. It featured keynote addresses by then-Director of the FBI James Comey and Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

Bookending the beginning and end of the spring academic semester were two academic conferences we convened: the first focused on the foreign policy legacy of President Reagan's administration and the second explored the emergence of a doctrine of conservative internationalism in U.S. foreign policy. In between these two conferences, we hosted a full slate of more than a dozen speakers including accomplished scholars, policymakers, and journalists.

Finally, we'd like to extend our congratulations to the class of 2017. Two of our undergraduate fellows, Jake Barnett and Sarah Fischer, were recognized as Dean's Distinguished Graduates by Dean Randy Diehl, receiving the highest award offered by the College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, undergraduate fellow senior Sam Karnes received a Boren Scholarship to study Arabic next year in Meknes, Morocco. Four of our graduate fellows secured tenure-track faculty positions at leading research universities. 

Best wishes for a restful and productive summer, and stay tuned for an ambitious line-up of new initiatives this coming academic year. 

With warm wishes,

Will Inboden
Executive Director



Please visit our website throughout the summer for an updated list of upcoming events.


The Washington Post cites Intelligence Symposium in National Security Article

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Will Inboden in Foreign Policy: A Strategic Human Rights Agenda for the Tillerson State Department

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Mark Lawrence in New York Times: America’s Case of ‘Tonkin Gulfitis’

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Paul D. Miller in War on the Rocks: Reassessing Obama's Legacy of Restraint

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Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Fellows

After an exceptionally competitive application season, the Clements Center would like to congratulate the 22 undergraduate students who were chosen as 2017-2018 Clements Undergraduate Fellows. With an average GPA of 3.75, students from the International Relations, Government, and History Departments as well as Plan II Honors, Liberal Arts Honors program, Area Studies, and Engineering Departments will receive professional development training and mentorship next year. 

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Two New Members of the Clements Center Team

We are excited to welcome Alexandra Foggett and Heather Russell, who have joined our team as Program Managers. Alexandra joins us from the United Kingdom, where she completed an MSc at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the Clements Center, Alexandra worked as a Research Manager at Gerson Lehrman Group. Heather brings many years of event planning experience at the University of Texas to her role, having most recently served as the Event Manager for the School of Undergraduate Studies. A proud Longhorn, Heather graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. 


Clements Executive Director Will Inboden with James Comey, Former Director of the FBI

Intelligence Studies Project Symposium: 
"Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland"

In March, the Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project and Business Executives for National Security were honored to host a one-day Symposium, featuring keynotes by James Comey, then-Director of the FBI; Thomas Bossert, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander of U.S. Southern Command. The Symposium was designed to promote an exchange of well-informed views on the challenges our intelligence and law enforcement agencies face in detecting and disrupting attacks inside the U.S. by violent extremists. 

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Call for Papers: 2017 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

The Clements Center invites papers for the "Inman Award" competition recognizing outstanding student research and wiring on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500.  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2016-17 academic year.  The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2017. 

Applicants should visit the Clements Center’s website for complete application instructions. 

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"Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Global Politics in the 1980s" Conference

In light of emerging archival resources and declassified documents, the Clements Center hosted a three-day conference on "Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Global Politics in the 1980s," bringing together scholars and former policymakers to undertake a wide-ranging reassessment of U.S. foreign policy during the Reagan administration.  

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UT Harrington Colloquium on "Conservatives and the World: The Ideas and Statecraft of Conservative Internationalism"

On May 5th, the Clements Center and UT Harrington Faculty Fellows program hosted a workshop on the doctrine of conservative internationalism. The workshop explored the core principles and key figures that have contributed to the history of conservative internationalism over the past century. 

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Women and National Security Speaker Series

This spring, the Clements Center continued the Women and National Security Speaker Series, which is designed to be part of a broader conversation about how the advancement of gender equality is a moral and strategic imperative for U.S. foreign policy. We were pleased to host Michele Malvesti, Professor of Practice in International Security at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; Jennifer Bryson, Director of Operations and Development at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom; and Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. We look forward to continuing this speaker series into Fall 2017. 


Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows' Achievements

Four of our Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows secured tenure-track faculty positions at leading research universities. Ionut Popescu, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clements Center, will teach Political Science at Texas State University. Charles Drummond will teach Intellectual and Political History at Arizona State University. Simon Miles will teach American Grand Strategy at Duke University. And finally, Joseph Parrott will teach History at Ohio State University. 

Additionally, Ashlyn Webb, a doctoral student at the LBJ School and graduate research assistant at the Clements Center, received a Rumsfeld Fellowship to fund her research next year on women’s political representation and issues of religious liberty. 


Executive Director recognized by UT alumni

Every year the Texas Exes Alcalde magazine highlights ten inspiring professors, nominated by UT alumni. This year, Executive Director Will Inboden received the honor. In the profile, the Alcalde editors write "just as Beltway leaders use historical texts to help shape policy, Inboden trains future policy-makers using the lessons of history." Reflecting on his time on the National Security Council staff, Inboden remarks “I thought, if I was ever a professor I would love to have my intellectual theme be the lessons of history on current policy challenges.”

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Undergraduate Fellows visit Stratfor

In March, the Clements Center's Undergraduate Fellows took a day-trip to Stratfor Global Intelligence to learn about intelligence analysis. While at Stratfor HQ, students met with analyst and learned about publishing from Editor-in-Chief David Judson.

Two Undergraduate Fellows selected as Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Congratulations to Clements Undergraduate Fellows Jake Barnett and Sarah Fischer, who were recognized by Dean Randy Diehl for their leadership, scholarly achievements, and service to the college and university community.

Every year twelve undergraduate students are selected by the Dean. This recognition is the highest award offered by the College of Liberal Arts. 

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Clements Center Fall 2017 Courses

During the 2017 fall semester, the Clements Center will offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn about US national security from a uniquely qualified ensemble of policy practitioners. GOV 360N "International Security" will be taught by Associate Director Paul D. Miller, TC 358 "Intelligence and Statecraft" and PA 382GA "Spies and Special Operations: Unity of Effort in the 'Gray Zone' Between War and Peace" will be taught by ISP Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope, HIS 333L "US Foreign Relations 1776-1914" and LAH 350 "The Johnson Years" will be taught by Director of Graduate Studies Mark Lawrence, and PA 388K "Intelligence and National Security" will be taught by ISP Director Steve Slick.

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