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The Speech that Shaped the Cold War World Order

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Mar 05, 2021

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. This speech, known as “The Sinews of Peace” speech, became famous for the phrase that Churchill coined about the fall of the “Iron Curtain” across Europe.

To mark its 75th anniversary, the Clements Center assembled a panel to discuss the speech itself, the context in which it was given, and its enduring impact. The conversation is hosted by Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center, and features David Reynolds, professor of international history at Cambridge University, Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Tim Riley, director of the National Churchill Museum.

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.

New op-ed from Executive Director Dr. Will Inboden addressing an "America at the Geopolitical Crossroads" for The Globe and Mail

Oct 26, 2020

"The last time the United States faced an election with such profound stakes for national security was 1980. The parallels to today are something to behold," writes our Executive Director Dr. Will Inboden in his latest for The Globe and Mail. 

Will Inboden interviewed for Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs' inaugural Foreign Policy Toolbox series

Sep 24, 2020

Clements Center Executive Director Will Inboden discusses the role of the National Security Council in U.S. Foreign Policy for The Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs (POFA), an entirely student run Podcast at Johns Hopkins University founded in 2017.

Horns of a Dilemma: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from Z to Shining Z

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Aug 28, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, William Inboden, editor-in-chief of the Texas National Security Review, is joined by Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank, and Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission and counselor to numerous administrations, to discuss Zoellick’s new book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. They also discuss how Zoellick transformed himself from an economist, an expert in finance, a lawyer, and a diplomat, into a historian who wrote an overarching history of a vast period of American power.