Throughout history, how have Americans thought about their own self-defense? Have they always thought about it like they do today — as expansive, global, and ideological? Andrew Preston discusses these questions by looking at the history of the idea of national security and how it is different today than in the past, the topic of his current book project.
Clements Center and ISP Fellow Paul Pope sits down with and Seth Jones of the Center for Strategic & International Studies to talk about his latest book, A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland. They discuss Reagan’s approach to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and how the CIA aided Poland’s opposition movement by helping it to run an underground media campaign, which, ultimately, helped it survive the onslaught from the regime. Pope and Jones also discuss the conditions that set up covert action for success. Here’s a hint: Don’t try to bake the whole cake.
The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the fifth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2018-19 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2019.
Mary Walters sits down with Steve Baumann, host of The Hour of History Podcast, to reflect on the Kosovo War after twenty years and explore the roots of the conflict and related refugee crisis, as well as the involvement of NATO, the UN, and Albanian families in providing humanitarian assistance.
Col. Liam Collins, career Special Forces officer and director of the Modern War Institute at West Point, dissects how Russia used hybrid warfare in Georgia, what it learned from that experience, and how it applied those lessons in Ukraine, allowing it to take Crimea without firing a single shot.