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Spies, Disinformation and Election-Meddling: Past and Present Podcast

Nov 22, 2019

In this episode of Horns of Dilemma, "The Spy Who Hacked Me," Calder Walton, assistant director of the Applied History Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, talks about election meddling in the past, present, and future. He describes the history of KGB interference in U.S. elections and how the U.S. has countered it. Walton discusses how the KGB found that they just couldn’t just construct a lie out of whole cloth. Instead, they had to build on pre-existing divides that existed in America. KGB propaganda focused on issues of race, religion, and, strangely, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

Influence Operations and Active Measures: The History of Soviet and Russian Political Warfare in the West Podcast

Nov 08, 2019

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Will Inboden sits down with Professor Paul Pope and Dr. Kiril Avramov of the Intelligence Studies Project and Dr. Calder Walton, assistant director of the Applied History Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to discuss the history of influence operations and active measures by the Soviet Union and Russia. Their wide-ranging discussion covers everything from Soviet active measures in Chile, to the theory of reflexive control that governed the Soviet strategy of conducting influence operations, to the response in the United States to Operation JADE HELM, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the role of social media in advancing political warfare goals. Join us for a fascinating conversation about history that has urgent implications for today.

Law and National Security: Legitimacy, Security, and ‘Tom Clancy Stuff’ podcast

Oct 23, 2019

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, TNSR‘s executive editor, Doyle Hodges, sits down with Laurie Blank, clinical professor of law and director of the International Law Clinic at Emory University, and Bobby Chesney, Clements Center faculty fellow and Strauss Center director. They discuss the field of national security law broadly, including why Americans have turned increasingly to law to address questions related to national security, even as public confidence in institutions associated with law has declined. They also dive into how law confers legitimacy on the process of national security decision-making and what the limitations of law are in addressing national security questions. Join us for a fascinating discussion on law, security, technology, and society.

2020 Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft application open now through February 20th

Oct 21, 2019

Applications are now open for our 2020 Summer Seminar program. Apply by Monday, February 10th.

Call for Papers: Restraint and National Security

Oct 18, 2019

The Clements Center for National Security, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Intelligence Studies Project, and the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin in partnership with the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins; the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy; and the Texas A&M Albritton Center for Grand Strategy invite graduate students and young professionals to submit proposals for a one-day conference on the theme of restraint. The conference will explore the intent, the causes, and the consequences of restraint in foreign engagement in the course of American history. While the conference is primarily interested in examples of U.S. history, one session will address the theme of restraint in other contexts, too. Students are encouraged to present works in progress.