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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.

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. 

Predoctoral fellow Jaehan Park co-authors new article on geopolitical tensions between Japan and South Korea for War on the Rocks

Nov 07, 2019

Jaehan Park and his co-author Takuya Matsuda of King's College London argue that geopolitics underlies the current tension between Japan and South Korea. 

Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States Podcast

Nov 05, 2019

Sovereignty as a concept conveys that a single entity has the legitimate authority to exercise governance over a particular territory. So, how can an exclusive individual right be shared? John Ciorciari, associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and the International Policy Center, explores these questions at a talk he recently gave at the University of Texas. Specifically, he asks what sovereignty sharing is and why it matters, and what the conditions are under which it could work. Ciorciari uses examples from Cambodia, Liberia, and Guatemala to illustrate what sovereignty sharing looks like in practice, and why it matters. This talk took place at the University of Texas at Austin and was sponsored by the Clements Center.

Executive Director Will Inboden and Academic Board Member Peter Feaver author new op-ed on Syria for Foreign Policy

Nov 04, 2019

In their latest article for FP's "Elephants in the Room", Inboden and Feaver argue that foreign policy realists have failed to properly account for the costs of U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.