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A Study in Power: The Life of James A. Baker III

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Nov 23, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Bobby Chesney, director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, sit down with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser to discuss their new book, The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Time of James A. Baker III. James Baker was the secretary of state for George H.W. Bush at the end of the Cold War and the man who helped orchestrate the remarkably broad coalition that prosecuted the first Gulf War. While those are substantial diplomatic achievements, Glasser and Baker point out that James Baker’s accomplishments were much broader than that and included substantial involvement with political campaigns including running the re-election campaign of Gerald Ford and others.

2021 Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft Applications Open

Nov 01, 2020

Applications are now open for our sixth annual seminar! The 2021 Summer Seminar will be held from July 18 - 23 at the Pines Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Apply by Sunday, February 15th.

Director of Research Aaron O'Connell and Faculty Fellow Jeremi Suri pen article for Not Even Past

Oct 07, 2020

Clements Center Director of Research Aaron O'Connell published "The War in Afghanistan is Nineteen Years Old: What Can it Teach us about Violence in American History?" for Not Even Past on the 19th anniversary of US entry into Afghanistan. Faculty Fellow Jeremi Suri contributed to this article.

Lawyers Trying Lawyers: How The Doolittle Raids Shaped Military Commissions

Sep 28, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Aaron O’Connell, associate professor of history at the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and Michel Paradis, a law professor at Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law Schooldiscuss Paradis’ book, Last Mission to Tokyo, which examines the aftermath of the Doolittle Raid. In April 1942, Col. Jimmy Doolittle led a group of Army aviators launching B-25 bombers from Navy aircraft carriers to bomb Tokyo on a one-way mission. All but eight of the raiders escaped captivity. However, those eight were tried for war crimes by Japan and sentenced to death. Three were executed and five had their sentences commuted. Paradis’ book takes a look at the trial of the Japanese lawyers after the war who arranged the military commission and trial of the Doolittle Raiders.

Predoctoral Fellow Peter Slezkine reviews Michael Kimmage’s "Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy"

Sep 16, 2020

Clements Center Predoctoral Fellow Peter Slezkine publishes review of Michael Kimmage’s Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy combined with a broader reflection on the history of US leadership in "The Case for Questioning U.S. Leadership" in National Interest.