Often when we discuss national security we tend to focus on “hard security concepts,” things like military capability, nuclear weapons, deterrence, and other things that are comfortable to those that have studied security for a long time. But what does it mean to be secure? Are people secure from something or someone? And who is it that we mean by the concept of “the nation”? Frequent listeners to Horns will have heard in the discussion with Kori Schake, Derek Chollet, and Jim Goldgeier, the notion that the concurrent pandemic and crisis of racial justice requires us to reconceptualize what we mean by “national security.”
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma Doyle Hodges, the executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Shirin Sinnar, professor at Stanford University Law School, to discuss race, identity, and national security.
Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a Clements Faculty Fellow, and Julian Gewirtz, a participant at our Summer seminar, have co-authored a new article in Foreign Affairs: "China’s Troubling Vision for the Future of Public Health," which analyzes and critiques the Chinese government's methods of public health.
One of our undergraduate fellows, Nick Romanow, has published a new piece in The Bulwark recounting the story of his naturalization process during these turbulent times, and what citizenship means in the United States today.
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Frank Gavin, chair of the editorial board of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Fredrik Logevall and Daniel Bessner, authors of “Recentering the United States in the Historiography of American Foreign Relations,” which appeared in the Spring 2020 edition of TNSR. This article discusses a trend in the academic history community, to try to seek explanations other than the role of the United States for major events in the world. While this had salutary effects on the field, it has also had the perverse effect of underplaying the role of United States — the most powerful actor in the post-1945 world — on global politics. It also has led to overstating the role of international developments on the conduct of U.S. foreign policy which, the authors argue, was primarily driven by American domestic factors. In this wide-ranging interview, Gavin, Logevall, and Besnner, discuss the process of working on the article, the movements in history to which they are responding, as well as the response that they’ve seen to the article.
Our Faculty Fellow Sheena Greitens has published an article in Foreign Affairs examining how Taiwan has historically provided economic and political aid to Hong Kong and the international implications of the Taiwanese national identity.
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