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New podcast: Every Adjective in the Dictionary Applies to Lyndon Johnson

Jul 24, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Doyle Hodges, executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Mark Lawrence, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, to discuss the inner workings of the presidential library system and the purposes they serve. Who runs them and who funds them? What mission do they serve? Does every President get one? Lawrence and Hodges also examine the complicated history and contradictory characteristics of President Johnson himself.

Student Spotlight: Michael Lopez selected for prestigious Gilman Scholarship Program

Jul 29, 2020

Michael Lopez, one of our undergraduate fellows, has been awarded the U.S. State Department's Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program and Critical Need Language Award. This prestigious program allows its students to serve as student ambassadors in their study abroad programs and to complete a follow-on project at their respective universities. Michael will be using the Critical Need Language funding for intensive language study in Moscow, Russia.

Michael was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has always felt passionate about a career in public service, due to the necessity of self-sacrifice. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S army as an infantryman. At the age of 18, he was conducting combat jumps out of C-130 airplanes in the famed 82nd Airborne division. His greatest accomplishment was successfully completing the Army's premier leadership course, Ranger School. After completion of his service, he believed his skill-set would be best served in a federal law enforcement position. 

New podcast: Distortions in the Fabric of Deterrence

Jul 24, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Doyle Hodges, executive editor of the Texas National Security Review, sits down with Rebecca Hersman, director of the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to discuss her article, “Wormhole Escalation in the New Nuclear Age,” featured in Volume 3/Issue 3 of the Texas National Security Review.

In her article, Hersman argues that our understanding of nuclear escalation may be obsolete. Rather than following a traditional step-wise ladder model, she argues that new technologies may results in sudden and unexpected escalation–much like the concept of a wormhole.

Student Spotlight: Brianna Kablack interns at New America, researching terrorist designations in countries around the world

Jul 22, 2020

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.

"Remembering General Paik Sun-yup" by predoctoral fellow Jehan Park published in Council on Foreign Relations

Jul 15, 2020

In the weeks following the passing of General Paik Sun-yup and the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, predoctoral fellow Jehan Park reflects on the general's life in this Council on Foreign Relations opinion piece.