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The Roots of Brexit and what the Future Holds

Dec 10, 2019

Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center, sits down with a panel of experts to discuss the origins and possible outcomes of the Brexit referendum. Will is joined by Michael Mosser, assistant professor of international relations and global studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Lorinc Redei, lecturer and graduate adviser for the Global Policy Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and Amanda Sloat, a Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Crisis and Anglo-American Power Transition Podcast

Dec 06, 2019

Charlie Laderman, lecturer in international history at the War Studies Department at King’s College, discusses his book Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention, and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order. Laderman talks about the mass killing and death of Armenians during the period that preceded and shortly followed the independence of the Turkish Republic. The subject of this episode focuses on the question of how this incident signaled the rise of a global order based simultaneously on liberalism, sovereignty, and a commitment to human rights. 

ISP Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope publishes review on David Oakley's book "Subordinating Intelligence"

Dec 02, 2019

Excerpt from the review published in National Defense University Press:

"Subordinating Intelligence is a well-written analysis of the evolution of the relationship between DOD and CIA in the post–Cold War era. One valuable contribution from this history is the identification of the barriers to cooperation, which pop up time after time in the various instances Oakley describes. A second contribution is the isolation of the factors that made a difference where integration was achieved... Interagency alignment is a prerequisite for success. Oakley’s book is a model for more that needs to be written—on DOD and State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA, U.S. Aid and DOD, and so forth. I highly recommend his book.

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Student Rebecca Rogers interns at Tri-Mission Italy with the U.S. Department of State

Dec 02, 2019

The Clements Center's Student Professional Development Fund provides UT undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to intern at some of the top governmental and non-governmental organizations across the world by providing monetary support for unpaid positions.

Rebecca is interning with the State Department in Rome at Tri-Mission Italy, one of the largest diplomatic missions in the world which comprises three embassies and one consulate. 

She works in the Executive Office at Embassy Rome where she coordinates between the heads of all embassy and consular sections in Italy and the 40 different U.S. government (USG) agencies to manage the tasking of briefings, speeches, and representational events for Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg along with assembling and distributing the Ambassador’s agenda to embassy personnel in a timely manner. Her other responsibilities include revising cables destined for Washington D.C., delivering demarches to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Italy, note-taking at high-level meetings chaired by the Ambassador, and serving as an escort for the Ambassador's guests. At one point during her internship, she oversaw all aspects of event planning for the embassy's annual offsite at the Ambassador's residence to articulate and promote Mission Italy’s strategic goals and objectives for 2020. 

Rebecca also serves as a liaison between the Pol-Econ Section of the U.S. Mission to the Holy See and Embassy Rome. She attends and drafts reports on conferences that discuss issues that range from the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood and women as deacons to address the priest shortage in the Amazon to the role of modern plant biotechnology for agricultural development and food security. As a matter of fact, the latter prevailed as the dominant issue at a conference of 200 attendees hosted by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich and Ambassador Kip Tom that Rebecca helped direct. 

Rebecca is sincerely grateful for the Clements Center's gracious help in making this extraordinary experience a possibility. This opportunity has allowed her to amass practical professional experience and to discover the range of responsibilities and careers found in the U.S. State Department and Foreign Service. 

Spies, Disinformation and Election-Meddling: Past and Present Podcast

Nov 22, 2019

In this episode of Horns of Dilemma, "The Spy Who Hacked Me," Calder Walton, assistant director of the Applied History Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, talks about election meddling in the past, present, and future. He describes the history of KGB interference in U.S. elections and how the U.S. has countered it. Walton discusses how the KGB found that they just couldn’t just construct a lie out of whole cloth. Instead, they had to build on pre-existing divides that existed in America. KGB propaganda focused on issues of race, religion, and, strangely, the assassination of John F. Kennedy.