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Michael Auslin
Preventing a Pacific Vacuum: Asia's Role in the New Global Disorder

Michael Auslin

American Enterprise Institute
Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 | 12:15 pm | SRH 3.122

Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies Asian regional security and political issues.

"The First Grand Strategists? War and Politics in Ancient Egypt and Iraq" with Garrett Fagan
Strategic Insights From the Ancient World Speaker Series

"The First Grand Strategists? War and Politics in Ancient Egypt and Iraq" with Garrett Fagan

Co-sponsored by the Clements Center, Thomas Jefferson Society, and the Department of History
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 | 12:15 pm | Eastwoods Room, Texas Union

In this lecture Garrett G. Fagan considers the geopolitical and military situation in the Ancient Near East, especially in the Early Dynastic III Period of Sumer (ca. 2500-2100 BCE) and the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500-1100 BCE), and explores what the evidence tells us about any supposed "Grand Strategy" the various players were adhering to. He also asks the more basic question of whether or not such early states even had the apparatus to formulate "Grand Strategy" in the first place.

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA
Intelligence Studies Project Presents John Rizzo

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

Co-sponsored by the Clements and Strauss Centers
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 | 12:15 pm | SRH 3.122

The Clements and Strauss Centers invite you to a presentation with John Rizzo, Former Acting General Counsel of the CIA, on Tuesday, April 22 from 12:15-1:30pm in SRH 3.122. Rizzo will be discussing his recently published book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Iraq's Biggest Lesson: What We Must Learn From Our Ten Year Rebuilding Program in Mesopotamia
An event with Stuart Bowen

Iraq's Biggest Lesson: What We Must Learn From Our Ten Year Rebuilding Program in Mesopotamia

Co-sponsored by the Clements and Strauss Centers
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 | 12:15 pm | SRH 3.122

In 2003, the United States entered Iraq expecting a short stay and a modest rebuilding program. Those plans evaporated quickly.  Efforts soon turned from a focus on liberate and leave to a new-found strategy of occupy and rebuild. This enormous shift fundamentally altered the arc of our energies and investment, foisting forward a continuous train of challenges that the American "civ-mil" bureaucracy was not well suited or prepared to handle.

Isolationism: Policies of the Past and Lessons for Today
An event with David Adesnik

Isolationism: Policies of the Past and Lessons for Today

Co-sponsored by the Clements Center and Alexander Hamilton Society
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 | 5:15 pm | SRH 3.124

The Associated Press reports, “Americans’ Isolationism on the Rise.” Ron Paul captured 23% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire primary. Some are now talking about his son, Sen. Rand Paul, as the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

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

The Clements Center Presents U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

Click on link for a full list of co-sponsors
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.

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