Events | 2023

How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons From Our Top Presidents

Thursday, Apr 11, 2024 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Bass Lecture Hall, The LBJ School of Public Affairs.

On Thursday, April 11, the Clements Center for National Security and the LBJ Presidential Library will host Talmage Boston, historian and partner at the Dallas law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, for a book talk on his upcoming release How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons From Our Top Presidents. Join us at…

In the Nation’s Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz

Thursday, Mar 07, 2024 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Bass Lecture Hall, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Thursday, March 7, the Clements Center for National Security, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the LBJ Presidential Library and the UT-Austin History Department will host Philip Taubman, Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, for a book talk on his recent release In the Nation’s Service: The Life…

Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan Before the Soviet Invasion

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Tuesday, February 20, the Clements Center for National Security, the UT-Austin History Department and the Naval ROTC hosted Robert Rakove, Lecturer in International Relations at Stanford University, for a book talk on his recent release Days of Opportunity: The United States and Afghanistan Before the Soviet Invasion. Robert Rakove is a historian who studies…

Unraveling the Threads: China, Geopolitics, and Supply Chain Threats

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Tuesday, February 13, the Clements Center for National Security, the Asia Policy Program, and the Texas McCombs Center for Global Business hosted Meg Reiss, founder and CEO of SolidIntel Inc. and former national security policy advisor for U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, for a talk on “Unraveling the Threads: China, Geopolitics, and Supply Chain Threats.” Dr. Meg Reiss…

Securing the Homeland: A Conversation with Intelligence and Counterterrorism Leaders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | 10th Floor Atrium, LBJ Presidential Library

On Wednesday, January 31, the Intelligence Studies Project, Clements Center for National Security, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, LBJ Presidential Library, and LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted “Securing the Homeland: A Conversation with Intelligence and Counterterrorism Leaders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” with Kenneth L. Wainstein, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Nicholas J. Rasmussen, Counterterrorism Coordinator…

The Future of European Security: NATO, Ukraine, and Russia

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Bass Lecture Hall, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Tuesday, January 30, the Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Intelligence Studies Project hosted “The Future of European Security: NATO, Ukraine, and Russia” with Ambassador Kurt Volker, Former United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, and General Tod Wolters, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe…

Bari Weiss in conversation with Justin Dyer

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023 | 7:30 pm | Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, LBJ Presidential Library

On Wednesday, December 6, The University of Texas Athenaeum, The Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center, The Civitas Institute, The Clements Center for National Security, The Salem Center for Policy, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, and The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life hosted Bari Weiss, author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism, for a conversation with…

Hunting Nukes: A Fifty-Year Pursuit of Atomic Bomb Builders and Mischief Makers

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023 | 5:30 - 6:45 pm | SRH 3.124, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Tuesday, November 28, the Clements Center for National Security and the Alexander Hamilton Society at UT-Austin hosted Richard Lawless, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, for a book talk on his recent release Hunting Nukes: A Fifty-Year Pursuit of Atomic Bomb Builders and Mischief Makers. Richard Phillip Lawless…

An Evening with Robert M. Gates

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, The LBJ Presidential Library

On Tuesday, November 14, the Clements Center for National Security, the LBJ Presidential Library and the George and Barbara Bush Foundation hosted Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, for a conversation on foreign policy matters, including the expansion of NATO, war in Ukraine, and China’s increased aggression….

Atrocity Prevention as a Core National Security Interest and Core Moral Responsibility: Where Does U.S. Action Stand? 

Monday, Nov 13, 2023 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Monday, November 13, the Clements Center for National Security and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies hosted Andrea Gittleman, Policy Director for the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, for a talk on “Atrocity Prevention as a Core National Security Interest and Core Moral Responsibility: Where Does U.S. Action Stand?”. Genocide and other…

Brotherhood: When West Point Rugby Went to War

Wednesday, Nov 08, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Governor's Room, Texas Union

On Wednesday, November 8, the Clements Center for National Security, the Army ROTC, Naval ROTC, and Air Force ROTC hosted Martin Pengelly, breaking news editor for Guardian US, for a book talk on his upcoming release Brotherhood: When West Point Rugby Went to War. Martin Pengelly is Washington breaking news correspondent for Guardian US, based in Washington DC where he…

LBJ and the World: Foreign Policy in the Johnson Years

Thursday, Nov 02, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Protho Theater, Harry Ransom Center

On Thursday, November 2nd, the Clements Center for National Security and the LBJ Presidential Library hosted “LBJ and the World: Foreign Policy in the Johnson Years,” a discussion on the foreign policy of the Johnson administration by four contributors of the newly published LBJ’s America: The Life and Legacies of Lyndon Baines Johnson, edited by…

Of Light and Struggle: Social Justice, Human Rights, and Accountability in Uruguay

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Tuesday, October 24th, the Clements Center for National Security and the UT-Austin Department of History hosted Debbie Sharnak, Assistant Professor of History at Rowan University, for a book talk on her recent release Of Light and Struggle: Social Justice, Human Rights, and Accountability in Uruguay. Debbie Sharnak teaches courses on Latin American History, with a…

The Future of African Security: Perspective on Critical Issues

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2023 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | SRH 3.124, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Tuesday, October 17, the Alexander Hamilton Society at UT-Austin, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, hosted Ambassador (Ret.) Larry E. André Jr., former American diplomat and career member of the Senior Foreign Service and Dr. Joshua Busby, Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Clements…

Israel’s 9/11? The Hamas Terrorist Attacks and the Future of Mideast Security

Thursday, Oct 12, 2023 | 5:15 - 6:15 pm | Crum Auditorium, Robert B. Rowling Hall

On Thursday, October 12, the Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Intelligence Studies Project, and the America in the World Consortium hosted “Israel’s 9/11? The Hamas Terrorist Attacks and the Future of Mideast Security” with Paul Edgar, Former Political Advisor for Israeli Affairs, Office of the United…

By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | SRH 3.122, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, the Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project, Clements Center for National Security, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, hosted Dr. Michael G. Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, for a talk on his newly released book, By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy….

A Conversation with Sen. John Cornyn on National Security and Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

On Tuesday, October 10th, the UT-Austin Athenaeum, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Civitas Institute, hosted Senator John Cornyn at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center for a conversation on national security and foreign affairs, moderated by Bobby Chesney, Dean of…

We May Dominate the World: Ambition, Anxiety, and the Rise of the American Colossus

Thursday, Oct 05, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Thursday, October 5th, the America in the World Consortium, the Clements Center for National Security, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law hosted Sean A. Mirski, lawyer and U.S. foreign policy scholar, for a book talk on his recent release We May Dominate the World: Ambition, Anxiety, and the American Colossus.  Sean Mirski…

A Conversation on The State of Foreign Affairs with Secretary Antony J. Blinken

Wednesday, Oct 04, 2023 | 1:00 pm | Hogg Memorial Auditorium

The Clements Center for National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, with the support of the University of Texas at Austin, hosted a conversation on the state of foreign affairs with Secretary Antony J. Blinken, the 71st Secretary of State of the United States, on Wednesday, October 4, at 1:00 pm in Hogg Memorial Auditorium. Antony…

Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Monday, October 3rd, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program hosted Aynne Kokas, C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center and an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, for a book talk on her recent release Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty, in RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall. Aynne…

Russian Opposition to Totalitarianism Rule

Thursday, Sep 21, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Protho Theater, Harry Ransom Center

On Thursday, September 21, the Clements Center for National Security, the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies hosted Alexander Podrabinek, Soviet and Russian human rights activist, for a public talk on “Russian Opposition to Totalitarianism Rule,” where he examined post-Soviet events that led to Putinism and the…

The Hard Road Out: One Woman’s Escape from North Korea

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm CT | Virtual - Zoom Webinar

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program hosted Jihyun Park, author and political activist, for a book talk on her recent release The Hard Road Out: One Woman’s Escape from North Korea. Jihyun Park is a North Korean refugee who settled in the UK in 2008 after escaping North Korea twice. She is…

The War in Ukraine: On the Battlefield, in the Kremlin, and in the Courtroom  

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

On Wednesday, September 13, the Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project, hosted “The War in Ukraine: On the Battlefield, in the Kremlin, and in the Courtroom.” Ambassador Clint Williamson, Lead Coordinator of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine, gave keynote remarks…

National Security Career Fair

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

The University of Texas at Austin’s National Security Career Fair was held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. This event was cosponsored by the Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, in partnership with Texas Career Engagement and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Students met with federal, state, and private…

Intelligence Analysis: Making Sense of a Complex World

Thursday, Sep 07, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | SRH 3.122, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Thursday, September 7, 2023, the Strauss-Clements Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Clements Center for National Security hosted Linda Weissgold, the former CIA Deputy Director for Analysis, for a public talk on intelligence analysis. Linda Weissgold served as the CIA’s Deputy Director for Analysis from March 2020 until April 2023.  In that role,…

Narratives of Civic Duty: How National Stories Shape Democracy in Asia

Thursday, Aug 24, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Virtual - Zoom Webinar

On Thursday, August 24th, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program and the Center for East Asian Studies hosted Aram Hur, Kim Koo Chair in Korean Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a book talk on her recent release “Narratives of Civic Duty: How National…

Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

Friday, Jul 14, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | 10th Floor Atrium, LBJ Presidential Library

On Wednesday, April 19, the Clements Center for National Security, the LBJ Presidential Library and the UT-Austin History Department hosted Melvyn Leffler, the Edward Stettinius Emeritus Professor of American History at The University of Virginia, for a book talk on his recent release Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Tuesday, April 18, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program, Clements Center for National Security, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and Center for East Asian Studies hosted Isaac B. Kardon, Assistant Professor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, to discuss his latest release China’s Law of the Sea. This talk was moderated by Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, founding Director of the Asia Policy Program and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam

Thursday, Apr 13, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall

On Thursday, April 13, the Clements Center for National Security and the UT-Austin History Department, the Defense Research Advancement, Army ROTCNaval ROTC, and Air Force ROTC hosted Jonathan Hunt, Assistant Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Air War College, for a book talk on his recent release The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam

Intelligence Support to the U.S. President

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | SRH 3.122, The LBJ School of Public Affairs

On Tuesday, April 11, The University of Texas at Austin’s Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law hosted Beth Sanner, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration and former Director of the President’s Daily Brief, for a public talk on intelligence support to the U.S. President. 

Seeds of Division Between Moscow and Beijing in Central Asia

Thursday, Apr 06, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | RLP 1.302B, Patton Hall
Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File

On Thursday, April 6, the Clements Center for National Security, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program, and the Center for East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) hosted David Merkel, Managing Director of Summit International Advisors, LLC and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, for a talk on “Seeds of Division Between Moscow and Beijing in Central Asia.” 

Countering Terrorism in an Era of Great Power Competition

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2023 | 12:15 - 1:30 pm | Protho Theater, The Harry Ransom Center

On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the University of Texas at Austin’s Clements-Strauss Intelligence Studies Project, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, in partnership with the LBJ School of Public Affairs, hosted The Honorable Christy Abizaid, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), for “Countering Terrorism in an Era of Great Power Competition.”