Winter 2018 Newsletter Released

Dec 12, 2018
Winter 2018 Newsletter Released

Here's what happened at the Clements Center this semester! If you would like to subscribe to our Events or Newsletter email list, please sign up here

New Horns of a Dilemma Podcast: How the Cold War Created Trump, Putin, and Xi Jinping

Dec 10, 2018

In the latest episode from War On The Rocks, Arne Westad, the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, discusses the Cold War roots of today’s geopolitical trends – specifically, the competition between the United States, Russia, and China.

New Horns of a Dilemma Podcast: The Flying Tigers with Sam Kleiner

Dec 05, 2018

Sam Kleiner, author of the new book The Flying Tigers, tells the story behind the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend the nation’s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor in a book talk at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Associate Director Celeste Ward Gventer releases piece on military organizational reform in War On The Rocks

Dec 04, 2018

Gventer provides historical insights to address the questionable suitability of the American system of geographical combatant commands in meeting the nation’s current and future security challenges. 

2018 Texas National Security Forum Highlights and Media Coverage

Dec 04, 2018


On Friday, November 30, the Clements Center, Strauss Center, and Intelligence Studies Project convened senior policymakers to discuss "The Return of Great Power Competition" at the fifth annual Texas National Security Forum.

The event included panels on Word Order; Russia; Strategies, Tactics, and Tools; and China, all featuring insights from top experts such as former Deputy Secretaries of State Antony Blinken and James Steinberg, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mary Beth Long, and former Supreme Allied Commander-Europe General Philip Breedlove. 

The forum featured a keynote conversation with Senator Richard Burr, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator John Cornyn discussing the Select Committee on Intelligence investigation into Russian active measures:

SSCI panel 26

Senator Ben Sasse gave a keynote address outlining a strategic vision for U.S. engagement around the world:

Sasse 3

We also hosted a Special Conversation on Global Threats that featured Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) General Raymond Anthony Thomas, and former SOCOM commanders Admiral William McRaven and Admiral Eric Olson:

12E711C9 0243 4FAE 8221 C169DEEAC8DD

Additional photos of the forum are available on our Flickr page.

Here's just a sample of news coverage of the event: 

Senate Intelligence Chair Says Cohen Plea Sends Message
New York Times
U.S. News & World Report
Star Tribune
Miami Herald

Cornyn praises prosecution of Trump’s former lawyer for lying
Austin American-Statesman

Senate Intelligence Committee has referred cases of suspected lying to Mueller
Washington Post

Senate panel reviews Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony after Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
USA Today
Detroit Free Press

UT holds national security forum on Russian meddling

Sens. John Cornyn and Richard Burr say Michael Cohen saga proves lying to Congress is unacceptable
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

What is the Senate Intelligence Committee watching most closely in its investigation into Russian election meddling?
Defense One

Richard Burr: ‘If You Lie to Us, We’re Going to Go After You’
Washington Times
Spectrum News
Roll Call

Senate Intel Committee has made criminal references to Mueller, Chairman Reveals
The Daily Caller

Senate intelligence chair says Cohen plea sends message
Houston Chronicle

Senate panel reviews Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony after Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
Detroit Free Press

Executive Director Will Inboden pays tribute to the late President George H. W. Bush

Dec 02, 2018

Dr. Inboden joins contributors from Foreign Policy's "Elephants in the Room" to honor the late former president and his legacy of public service. Full tribute available here.