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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: Chris Zimmer interns at the U.S. Embassy in Athens

Aug 19, 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.

2019 “Bobby R. Inman Award” Winners Announced

Aug 14, 2019

The recipient of the 2019 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for student scholarship on intelligence is Jeffrey Rogg, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Ohio State University concentrating on conflict, peace and diplomacy.  His paper, Deciphering the “American Black Chamber,” chronicles the rise and fall of the Cipher Bureau and introduces a theory of “civil-intelligence”relations in the U.S. 

Student Spotlight: Sparkle Dennis interns at the U.S. Consulate in Bucharest

Aug 13, 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.

An Interview with Robert Jervis – Reflections on Political Science, Politics, and Policy

Aug 13, 2019

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, chair of the Texas National Security Review Editorial Board Frank Gavin interviews political scientist Robert Jervis. In a wide-ranging interview that reaches all the way back to Jervis’ undergraduate days at Oberlin College in the late 1950’s, Gavin explores the factors which shaped Jervis’ career, the state of the political science field today, especially as it relates to security studies, and how political scientists deal with challenges ranging from the expansiveness of their theoretical claims to balancing political considerations in policy-relevant work.  This interview was recorded during the University of Texas Clements Center’s Summer Seminar on History, Statecraft, and Diplomacy.