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America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 Podcast

Aug 19, 2019

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Jim Goldgeier, professor and former dean of the American University School of International Service, and Derek Chollet, current executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund, discuss their 2008 book, America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 and the arc of post-cold war American foreign policy. In this podcast, they’ve included another 11/9, referring not to the end of the Cold War, but to Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the election of Donald Trump. This talk was recorded during the Clements Center’s Summer Seminar on History, Statecraft, and Diplomacy.

Recently published: "The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush's Decision to Surge in Iraq"

Aug 19, 2019

The Clements Center has partnered over the past several years with the SMU Center for Presidential History, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Duke University American Grand Strategy Program to conduct an in-depth study of President George W. Bush’s controversial decision in 2006-2007 to order a surge of forces and new counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq.  Our research consisted of an expansive oral history project that interviewed all of the main participants in the decision-making process, and commissioned articles by leading scholars in security studies.  We have just published these findings in a new book The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush's Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell University Press), co-edited by Timothy Sayle, Jeffrey Engel, Hal Brands, and Executive Director William Inboden.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

Student Spotlight: Jade Monk interns for the Project on History and Strategy at CSIS

Aug 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.

Horns of a Dilemma: The Good Friday Agreement – Ending War and Ending Conflict in Northern Ireland

Jul 31, 2019

James B. Steinberg, professor at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, former deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration and deputy national security adviser under President Bill Clinton, discusses the process and considerations that led to the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Based on his first-hand experience as a participant in the process, Steinberg explains how the parties involved were able to come to an agreement that allowed all of them to preserve their most important positions while finding space for compromise in order to end the violence. Steinberg’s talk, which builds on his recent article in the Texas National Security Review, was recorded as part of the Clements Center Summer Seminar on History, Statecraft, and Diplomacy. 

Michael Green of CSIS interviews Exec. Director Will Inboden on "The Asia Chessboard" podcast

Jul 15, 2019

In the latest episode of this new podcast series from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Green and Dr. Inboden unpack popular misconceptions about the application of history to grand strategy and discuss the critical place of values in American foreign policy. They also preview Dr. Inboden's forthcoming book on the Reagan administration.